August 16th, 2011 at 12:34 AM ^

I couldn't imagine turning down football.  This is just my opinion, mind you.  Baseball players get paid fatter and have less injury issues, but how much money does one really need?

I know it's not about $$$$ and Starling is obviously amazing to be draft fifth overall, I just can't imagine passing by the best sport on earth.......


August 16th, 2011 at 2:05 AM ^

No matter how awesome Football is (it's really awesome), he's only a four star.  That is very good, but by no means a guarantee that he'd make it to be a NFL quaterback.  On the otherhand he was just drafted as the fifth overall pick (a really really high pick) in the MLB draft.  This means guaranteed money (or as good as), a job, a future, and possibly stardom, none of which are sure things for football (and thats completely ignoring the injury/longevity/pay issues, which I'm sure are important for him too).  Also, if the kid is that good at baseball, I would venture a guess to say he's a pretty big baseball fan as well.


August 16th, 2011 at 9:17 AM ^

Maybe he really just likes playing baseball more. Don't get me wrong, I love football, but personally I like to play baseball more. If I had a chance to choose, i'd prob even take less money to play baseball over football. But this could all just be because I'm actually decent at baseball and not as good at football.


August 16th, 2011 at 10:48 AM ^

The difference between Starling and Drew Henson is that Henson, in great likelihood, passed on being the number one overall pick in the NFL if he would have stayed.  Not too mention that with the surrounding cast on offense had a very good chance at a National Championship where John Navarre was admirable in his place (2003 I think). 

None the least Millions of dollars is still Millions of dollars-I wonder if Henson would make the same choice in hindsight.


August 16th, 2011 at 12:51 AM ^

He signed for 7.5 million. I'm going out on a limb to say he probably made the right decision. He can support his family and he can return to college football if baseball doesn't work.


August 16th, 2011 at 12:55 AM ^

Once his hometown team selected him in the draft, we all pretty much knew NU had no chance. No matter how much he might like the thought of being a starting QB in a big-time program, we couldn't compete with all those zeros. I mean, we're not Auburn.

Best wishes, Bubba!


August 16th, 2011 at 7:40 AM ^

Good for him. He made the right move - making more money while avoiding the inherent health risks of playing football. This is a no-brainer.


August 16th, 2011 at 7:47 AM ^

I realize this thread is more about the impact on B1G football, but OT is that the Tigers also signed their highest remaining draft pick, Tyler Gibson.  For those who know nothing about him, he had teams interested in taking him as high as the 2nd round, but it was believed he would require a lot of money to turn down his scholarship to nearby Georgia Tech.  Tigers got him in the 15th round and he just signed for a fraction of what teams would have spent had they drafted him higher.


August 16th, 2011 at 10:04 AM ^

is that despite all the prognosticators picking Nebraska to win the Legends, we are incredibly inexperienced at QB.

Besides the sophmore Martinez, we have another sophmore (walk-on), a freshman (walk-on), and a redshirt freshman on the squad.

Nobody in Nebraska expected Bubba to play in Lincoln, well good luck to the young man and it does open up another scholarship for a very small (15) class.