Don't do it, Trevor Lawrence.
For your own physical safety and the financial future of you and your family, don't do it.
Don't go back to Clemson.
It's time to get paid and to play professionally.
Not after next season as NFL rules dictate.
But right now.
Three letters: XFL.
You've done more than enough in college to show everyone you are pro football-ready.
Even if league rules don't allow you into the NFL after only two seasons of playing college football, you can play in Vince McMahon's new XFL, which debuts next month.
Here's all you need to say to Vince:
Hey, Mr. McMahon, I don't know if you know this or not, but I'm the most coveted college quarterback since John Elway. I will play in your off-the-radar upstart league for one season until I become NFL-eligible. All you have to do is pay me $10 million and I will single-handedly put the XFL on the national map!!!"
Seriously, ladies and gentlemen, why should Trevor Lawrence have to play another down of college football?
- Because of some stupid, archaic NFL rule that was implemented before talented young quarterbacks started hiring their own private QB coaches, developing their skills and going to QB camps in middle school? Young college athletes of today, especially QBs, are much more NFL-ready than they were a generation ago.
- Because he had an off night and lost in the national championship game Monday to LSU?
Lawrence won the national title last season and is 25-1 as a starting quarterback at Clemson.
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He's already proven himself - and then some.
And even though LSU quarterback Joe Burrow won the Heisman Trophy in a landslide, had perhaps the greatest season of any college quarterback in history and badly outplayed Lawrence on Monday night, guess what? Most NFL scouts, if given the choice, would still draft Lawrence - a 6-foot-6 physical freak with a howitzer arm and the mobility of a gazelle - No. 1 ahead of Burrow.
ESPN's two most reputed NFL draft experts - Mel Kiper and Todd McShay - both say if Lawrence were available in this year's draft, he would be picked ahead of Burrow. Why should Lawrence stick around another season and risk getting injured like UCF's McKenzie Milton or Alabama's Tua Tagovailoa when he could just go to the XFL for a season and financially set up himself and his family for life?
Who knows what the XFL would pay Lawrence and who knows how much in endorsements he could make by playing a scant 10-game XFL schedule. With his flowing blond hair, missile-launching arm and matinee-idol looks, Lawrence might be able to make as much in endorsement money as almost any NFL quarterback.
Why would he return to Clemson for another season if he doesn't have to? Believe me, I'm a rah-rah college football guy who selfishly would love to see Lawrence back back on campus next season. College football has always been my favorite sport and there's a part of me that truly admires Lawrence for actually WANTING to come back and play for Clemson next season.
"I just love Clemson," he told reporters before the national title game. "I love college football and whether it's one more year or two more years, whatever it may be, I just love it here. I love doing what I've done. I think it's a unique experience being able to go to school and grow and become a man and get to do it with some of your best friends."
It's absurd that Lawrence can't immediately go to the NFL, which requires its players to be at least three years removed from high school. In Lawrence's case, that would be in 2021 after the next year's college football season. However, the XFL, which will debut a week after the Super Bowl, doesn't have such a rule.
Don't do it, Trevor Lawrence.
Don't go back Clemson.
Let Vince McMahon make you an offer you can't refuse.
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