On skipping bowl games

The Fiesta Bowl, New Year’s Day 2016, was going to be junior linebacker Jaylon Smith’s final collegiate game. It wasn’t part of the College Football Playoff, but Notre Dame vs. Ohio State was a marquee matchup, and Smith was one of the game’s biggest stars.

Midway through the first quarter he tore his ACL and MCL, a devastating injury that included nerve damage.

The moment caught the attention of many other highly-touted college players with NFL plans, who felt Smith’s ill-timed injury personally.




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