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December 9, 2013

Think About It: An “A” at OU

How refreshing… That was my first thought upon learning that Oregon University quarterback and local St. Louis High School sensation Marcus Mariotta has decided to play at least one more season of college football before making his run in the NFL. It is all too infrequent these days to hear a highly-touted professional sports prospect say that all of the allure of a pro contract can wait, because I am really enjoying my college years and I want to finish up my degree. It's a calculated risk due to the violent and unpredictable nature of football, but one that Mariotta is bravely tackling.

And rest assured, Mariotta IS highly thought of by the NFL, as many projected him to be a top five selection in the upcoming 2014 NFL draft, which would have garnered him upwards of $10-million. But that won't happen just yet, as Mariotta will continue to attend classes and enjoy the college experience on and off the field, as he attempts to lead his Ducks to a national championship next season. The risk of injury obviously is a concern, but Mariotta believes that the totality of memories gained while in college can be some of life's finest moments when one looks back in the decades ahead. And he's absolutely right.

Yes, getting more experience, more repetitions, honing his skills, getting a chance at a Heisman Trophy, a chance to move to the top of the draft chart, and a chance to play fully healed from a nagging knee injury are all important components of this decision. But Mariotta's move to stay at Oregon shows he is smart beyond his on-the-field moves and his off-the-field grades. Marcus gets an "A" for this decision, and local sports fans will continue to watch him blossom as they anticipate where Mariotta will ultimately end up after his college career in football and academics ends. Think about it…

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