Nick Florence is a standup guy. After starting at quarterback for Baylor as a freshman, he lost the starting job to then-Bears quarterback Robert Griffin III, who went on to win the Heisman Trophy, become the Washington Redskins‘ No. 2 overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft and win the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Year award. However, Florence never said a word and just waited his turn and then put together a record-breaking senior season at Baylor. You would think such a player would’t be able to wait to get to the NFL and prove he was good enough to be a four-year starter in college, but Florence has no such plans. The Baylor signal-caller is making a mistake, though.
Florence has to be commended for wanting to stay at Baylor and finish his master’s program this year (he graduates in December). Most players would bolt and forget their education, so again, Florence is a standup guy. However, there’s no reason why he can’t enter the 2013 NFL Draft and then complete his master’s degree online.
Now master’s degrees are obviously harder to achieve than bachelor’s degrees, but a lot of players get their primary certificates after leaving college. For example, Arizona Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald just earned his degree after leaving Pittsburgh early eight years ago, so Florence could do the same.
No disrespect to the guy whatsoever; Florence is a great guy and a great player, so his fans just want to see him succeed. He’s already said he’s sure he could make an NFL roster even if he wasn’t drafted, so he definitely doesn’t lack the confidence. It’s just sad to know that a potential pro passer isn’t even going to attempt to play at the next level. All respect to Florence, but it would be great to see him in an NFL uniform.