NFL training camps are in full swing with exhibition games on the horizon. Adam Bisnowaty, the NY Giants’ rookie OL, is looking forward to his first unofficial NFL contest, which may come Friday against the Pittsburgh Steelers, his favorite team as a kid. The Giants think enough of him to list him on the second team in an unofficial depth chart. And needles to say, with so few JFLers, the Jewish media is picking up on him, like this piece on the BreakingIsraelNews site. And this from the JTA.
The other NY rookie — Gabe Marks of the NY Jets — is also getting some attention, though not as much for the Jewish angle.
Ali Marpet of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is dealing with a “minor” ankle injury.
Over on the college scene, UCLA QB Josh Rosen is getting some attention for comments he made about NCAA football in this BleacherReport Q&A. Among his observations that’s got some sports pundits talking…
B/R: Look at the bright side: You got a chance to heal, maybe catch up on school.
Rosen: Don’t get me started. I love school, but it’s hard. It’s cool because we’re learning more applicable stuff in my major (Economics)—not just the prerequisite stuff that’s designed to filter out people. But football really dents my ability to take some classes that I need. There are a bunch of classes that are only offered one time. There was a class this spring I had to take, but there was a conflict with spring football, so…
B/R: So football wins out?
Rosen: Well, you can say that.
B/R: So that’s reality for student-athletes playing at a major university?
Rosen: I didn’t say that, you did. (Laughs.) Look, football and school don’t go together. They just don’t. Trying to do both is like trying to do two full-time jobs. There are guys who have no business being in school, but they’re here because this is the path to the NFL. There’s no other way. Then there’s the other side that says raise the SAT eligibility requirements. OK, raise the SAT requirement at Alabama and see what kind of team they have. You lose athletes and then the product on the field suffers.
Look, football and school don’t go together. They just don’t. Trying to do both is like trying to do two full-time jobs. — Josh Rosen
B/R: Wait, some players shouldn’t be in school?
Rosen: It’s not that they shouldn’t be in school. Human beings don’t belong in school with our schedules. No one in their right mind should have a football player’s schedule, and go to school. It’s not that some players shouldn’t be in school; it’s just that universities should help them more—instead of just finding ways to keep them eligible.
Any time any player puts into school will take away from the time they could put into football. They don’t realize that they’re getting screwed until it’s too late. You have a bunch of people at the universities who are supposed to help you out, and they’re more interested in helping you stay eligible. At some point, universities have to do more to prepare players for university life and help them succeed beyond football. There’s so much money being made in this sport. It’s a crime to not do everything you can to help the people who are making it for those who are spending it.
B/R: But those same players go make money in the NFL after being prepared by their college programs.
Rosen: Some do, absolutely. What about those who don’t? What did they get for laying their body on the line play after play while universities make millions upon millions? People criticize when guys leave early for the NFL draft, and then rip them when some guys who leave early don’t get drafted. [They say,] “Why did you leave school if you weren’t going to get drafted?” I’ll tell you why: Because for a lot of guys, there is no other option. They were either leaving early (for the NFL) or flunking out. To me, that’s a problem within the system and the way we’re preparing student-athletes for the future away from football. Everyone has to be part of the process.
Needless to say, there are those who disagree with Rosen, including Stanford coach David Shaw. I wonder if there will be any repercussions when it comes time to consider Rosen in the NFL draft.