Aaron Rodgers Weighs in on College Football Players Opting out of Bowl Games

    Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers seems to have opinions on everything from vaccines to UFOs and everything in between. That’s why it should come as no surprise that the controversial QB has an opinion about college football players who opt out of bowling games, and that he shared that opinion with his good friend Pat McAfee.

    Several of the top prospects in the 2022 nfl draft opted out of their school’s bowl game

    (L-R) Pittsburgh Panthers quarterback Kenny Pickett looks to pass the ball during a college football game against the North Carolina Tar Heels on Nov. 11, 2021; Quarterback Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers walks off the field after the Packers defeated the Minnesota Vikings 37-10 to win the game at Lambeau Field on January 02, 2022; Kayvon Thibodeaux #5 of the Oregon Ducks rushes against the Oregon State Beavers at Autzen Stadium on November 27, 2021. Rodgers recently shared his thoughts on college football players opting out of Bowl Games.

    (L-R) Kenny Pickett, Aaron Rodgers, Kayvon Thibodeaux | Photo by Joe Robbins/Icon Sportswire via Getty Image; Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images; Photo by Tom Hauck/Getty Images.

    The 2021-22 college football bowl season doesn’t have the luster of bowl seasons past. One reason is the high number of opt-outs from high-end, NFL prospect-quality talent.

    since stanford’s christian mccaffery opted out of the sun bowl in 2016, more and more prospects are choosing to skip their last college game. these future nfl players want to protect themselves and their players in the draft.

    Reading: College football bowl opt outs

    This season, a glut of top-tier talent stayed home (or at least on the sidelines) instead of playing in their team’s bowling game.

    Of the players on ESPN’s Todd McShay 2022 NFL Draft Top 50 Prospects list, 14 opted out of their school’s bowl game. this includes a contender for no. 1 overall pick, kayvon thibodeaux’s oregon, and the best quarterback in the draft, pitt’s kenny pickett.

    the no. No. 2 quarterback Ole Miss Matt Corral played in the sugar bowl and almost suffered an injury that redefined him in the draft, which, thankfully, turned out to be just a severe ankle sprain.

    Other top 50 prospects who opted out of this bowl season include:

    • notre dame s kyle hamilton (ranking no. 5)
    • ohio state wr garrett wilson (9)
    • mississippi state ol charles cross (10)
    • george karlaftis purdue (19)
    • ohio state wr chris olave ​​​​(22)
    • penn state wr jahan dotson (24)
    • arkansas wr treylon burks (29)
    • ohio state ol nicholas petit-frere (32)
    • penn state lb brandon smith (41)
    • michigan state rb kenneth walker iii (48)
    • nevada qb carson strong (49)

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    With the opt-out options for the 2021-22 bowl season becoming a polarizing topic, Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers obviously had to share his thoughts.

    Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers shared his thoughts on college football players who opted out of bowl games

    in 2022, you can’t officially close the book on a football debate until green bay packers qb/professional troll aaron rodgers steps in.

    on his regular appearance on the pat mcafee show, after saying, “i don’t necessarily need to add an opinion,” rodgers added his opinion to the debate surrounding college football players opting out of games bowling

    rodgers talked about his own bowling experience as a senior in college while at cal. In true vindictive Rodgers fashion, he talked about how his Bears didn’t make it to the Rose Bowl that season thanks to “some really dire voting situations.”

    rodgers added that his team “went out and got texas tech to kick our butt,” but said there was never any question as to whether or not he would play. however, he understands why today’s college football athletes face a more difficult decision:

    There is a lot of pride associated with college football. but now there is also a lot of money involved. and with the participation of zero and agents, there are many more chefs in the kitchen telling you whether or not to play. … you see that many children do not play. I think it is the decision of those children. There’s a lot to be said for the pride of playing, but it’s a different ballgame in 2021, 2022 than it was in 2004.

    While rodgers didn’t specifically address whether he thinks the national championship game is less acceptable to opt out of than other bowls, it sounds like he’d think it’s a little different. players playing in this year’s game also seem to think the same.

    there are many outstanding prospects in the field for alabama vs. georgia in the national championship game

    While winning an average bowl game doesn’t carry the cache it used to for college football players, winning a national championship is still important.

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    That’s why, in the national championship game between the alabama crimson tide and the georgia bulldogs, you’ll see a lot of top-tier talent on the field joining aaron rodgers in the nfl in a few months.

    on the alabama side, it’s no surprise that they have highly respected nfl talent throughout the field. However, in what constitutes a “low” year for Alabama’s first-round players, the team only has two players who are guaranteed for the first night. they are ot evan neal (the best offensive lineman in the draft) and wr jameson williams (the best pass receiver).

    While ‘bama won’t have the same big first night it did in 2021 (with six first-round picks), day two will be packed with Crimson Tide players. todd mcshay has six additional alabama players in his top 100:

    • wr john metchie iii (rank 42)
    • s john battle (52)
    • dt phidarian mathis (59)
    • lb christian harris (62)
    • cb josh jobe (68)
    • te jahleel billingsley (89)

    on the other hand, georgia, especially on defense, should also have great nights on april 28 and 28. The team actually has one more top 100 prospect than Alabama this year, though none are as highly regarded as Neal or Williams. mcshay ranks the best bulldog prospects:

    • lb nakobe dean (#8)
    • de travon walker (14)
    • dt jordan davis (26)
    • cb derion kendrick ( 44)
    • s lewis cline (61)
    • dt deonte wyatt (70)
    • og justin schaffer (72)
    • wr george pickens (79)
    • og jamaree salyer (81)

    the talent on the field of the lucas oil stadium for the national championship will be immense. and, with the big trophy at stake, the best players will appear.

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