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Burleson's Best advice: Call it a career

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07:59 AM ET 02.20 | Earlier this week, Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson discussed a few topics related to teammate and running back Jahvid Best. "I spoke to him last season. Jahvid could have easily been one of the best running backs to put on a Lions jersey ... The reason I'm talking in past tense is because he's going through a different type of concussion. He didn't have a ton of them, but the ones that he did have they were really powerful." ... "[He] was able to tell me if he wasn't sure he was going to decide to come back and play the game he loves so much -- he's so young -- or if he's going to decide to chalk it up." ... "I just told him that if it was me I would shut it down. You've got so much more life to live."

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February 20, 2013  08:04 AM ET

Yeah. Too many guys with scrambled brains. For Best, it may already be too late.

February 20, 2013  08:16 AM ET

Rats. The "Last T&R" link goes to basketball. It's going to be one of those days.

The intern who set this up needs a concussion test. Fail, and you're on Intern Reserve.

February 20, 2013  08:21 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Rats. The "Last T&R" link goes to basketball. It's going to be one of those days.The intern who set this up needs a concussion test. Fail, and you're on Intern Reserve.

Or maybe the practice squad

February 20, 2013  08:24 AM ET

The NFLPA should set up a moderate retirement fund for players just like this so they don't have to make the decision between playing, having money and risking being a vegetable OR not playing, being broke but being able to spell his name.

February 20, 2013  08:29 AM ET

Have to start paying these guys for their college careers as well. He might have had to quit in '09 after a concussion at Cal and while Cal enjoyed millions while Best was there, Best might have suffered a life long injury. Javedon Clowney should shut it down this year as well, show up at combine in '14 and cash a check. Why take the risk while SC takes all the money?

February 20, 2013  08:42 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

The NFLPA should set up a moderate retirement fund for players just like this so they don't have to make the decision between playing, having money and risking being a vegetable OR not playing, being broke but being able to spell his name.

Best has a 5-year, 9.8 million dollar contract. Assuming it was evenly distributed, he's made 6 million dollars for his 3 seasons with the Lions, of which he's been out for the last year and a half with concussion symptoms.

"Being broke" after getting paid $6 millions should not be an issue. But for sure, Cauliflower isn't an easy name to spell if you're a vegetable.

February 20, 2013  08:43 AM ET

From Burleson's quote, it sounds like he's had a concussion or two as well.

February 20, 2013  09:05 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Have to start paying these guys for their college careers as well. He might have had to quit in '09 after a concussion at Cal and while Cal enjoyed millions while Best was there, Best might have suffered a life long injury. Javedon Clowney should shut it down this year as well, show up at combine in '14 and cash a check. Why take the risk while SC takes all the money?

Actually, no, they shouldn't. There is no reason why the university system should be a paid minor league for the NFL. No reason at all. If future NFL prospects feel they should get paid for their minor league training, they should work with the NFL to set up a true minor league system. The college system should be scrapped, and with the pro prospects opting to go for the money, we'd get back to true college sports, played by people in college to get a degree of some sort, not slide along with a free ride for playing a game.

February 20, 2013  09:24 AM ET

Go back to school get a Degree pay your house off, open a franchise!

February 20, 2013  09:32 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Actually, no, they shouldn't. There is no reason why the university system should be a paid minor league for the NFL. No reason at all. If future NFL prospects feel they should get paid for their minor league training, they should work with the NFL to set up a true minor league system. The college system should be scrapped, and with the pro prospects opting to go for the money, we'd get back to true college sports, played by people in college to get a degree of some sort, not slide along with a free ride for playing a game.

Lofty goal... and it would be a great idea except for all of those big buckets of money that the colleges would stop getting.

February 20, 2013  09:33 AM ET

Best was a waste and he is only takeing up space.

February 20, 2013  09:39 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

The NFLPA should set up a moderate retirement fund for players just like this so they don't have to make the decision between playing, having money and risking being a vegetable OR not playing, being broke but being able to spell his name.

What the NCAA CAN do is give the college player the same freedom as his HC has. If he is not happy there he should be able to transfer to another school and NOT sit out a year and not have the previous school be able to block him from going to certain schools.

More importantly: They CAN make ALL scholarship offers guaranteed for four years. Not many people know those scholarships are renewable at the schools, ie college HC discretion each year.

February 20, 2013  09:41 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Have to start paying these guys for their college careers as well. He might have had to quit in '09 after a concussion at Cal and while Cal enjoyed millions while Best was there, Best might have suffered a life long injury. Javedon Clowney should shut it down this year as well, show up at combine in '14 and cash a check. Why take the risk while SC takes all the money?

They are paying them.

February 20, 2013  09:42 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

What the NCAA CAN do is give the college player the same freedom as his HC has. If he is not happy there he should be able to transfer to another school and NOT sit out a year and not have the previous school be able to block him from going to certain schools.More importantly: They CAN make ALL scholarship offers guaranteed for four years. Not many people know those scholarships are renewable at the schools, ie college HC discretion each year.

Now, this is good.

February 20, 2013  09:53 AM ET

Nate could be his golf partner this summer and point him the right direction. WR who will be 32 before the season starts and had all of 27 receptions at the age of 31 become too expensive to keep.

February 20, 2013  09:53 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Now, this is good.

The NCAA never calls me to help them out. Their loss. I would do it gratis.

February 20, 2013  09:56 AM ET

I'm for setting up a "real" minor football league. This would, of course, drain much of the talent and money from the colleges--which would be hard on the colleges since many of them have a large athletic infrastructure to support.

Yet it would give the athelete an opportunity to earn something while making a case for the majors and would also allow a student to become involved in athletics.

I am thinking of a model for football similar to the current ones for baseball and/or hockey.

February 20, 2013  10:10 AM ET

Call it a career? Would anyone really call it that?

February 20, 2013  10:45 AM ET

Thanks for the advice Nate ,But I ain't working and Mickey D's dog !! I prefer milking the NFL , and joining the other washed up vegetables for the big lawsuit payday.

 
February 20, 2013  01:31 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Have to start paying these guys for their college careers as well. He might have had to quit in '09 after a concussion at Cal and while Cal enjoyed millions while Best was there, Best might have suffered a life long injury. Javedon Clowney should shut it down this year as well, show up at combine in '14 and cash a check. Why take the risk while SC takes all the money?

This is addled. Cal didn't enjoy "millions while Best was there" and the school had nothing to do with his getting a concussion. If anything Best brought injury on himself. He hurtled a defender and came down on his head and shoulder. Don't talk about what you don't know anything about. Makes you look ignorant. (And it's "Jadeveon.")

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