You're not going to believe this but I'm going to do it anyway. I mean it you are going to think I've lost it here. So stop reading if you want to cherish your old opinions of me because I am going totally out of character here.
I'm about to say something good about a guy who turned down a scholarship offer to play football at the University of Florida. I know, I know - don't worry, medics are on the way to my home as I type.
Jonathan Meyers is a very, very good football player whose dad played for America's team - the Florida Gators - from 1980-1982 (I graduated in 1981 so I am sure he and I crossed paths . . . or not). Jonathan has received scholarship offers from many of the major college football factories, including America's Team. It was assumed he would head down to the best city in America to pursue fame and glory on the gridiron. But a funny thing happened on the way to the Swamp.
It turns out, somewhere along the way this guy grew a brain, and a smart one at that. And so he wants to . . . now get this . . . I hope you are sitting down for this . . . get a top-notch education! So, he's going to Princeton of all places. He'll still be able to play football there, and some Princeton guys have made it into the NFL so he's not quashing his NFL dreams. Plus the guy is an outstanding Lacrosse player and he'll be able to play for a top-notch Lacrosse team. Florida is still a few years away from worldwide Lacrosse dominance so this is a good choice for him. Here's what he said:
"I wanted to be at the best place I could be," Meyers said. "Whether it was the best in football, the best in lacrosse or the best in academics, I didn't want to cut any corners."
Seriously, how refreshing is it to read about a guy who has his priorities in order - many kudos to Jonathan for being one of the few sane high school athletes in America. This guy has the right perspective - no matter how good an athlete he is, an education will pay the most dividends.
None of this is to say that I in any way admit that a Princeton education is in any way to superior to a University of Florida education. I am commending him for his well-thought out priorities. He could still get a top-notch education at Florida. In fact, we Gators often refer to places like Princeton and Harvard as the University of Florida of the north because of their comparable education.
Still, kudos to Jonathan, and if you read this, America's Team will still take you.