Yale quarterback Patrick Witt is a talented, smart quarterback. He is on pace to break nearly every Yale passing record, he has a 3.91 GPA, and is a Rhodes Scholar finalist. He is living the good life right now. However, there is one problem.
His Rhodes Scholar interview falls on the same day as the annual "Big Game" versus vaunted rival Harvard.
Witt has said in the past that the game against Harvard means everything to him, but now he is faced with the biggest decision in his life. Do you give up an opportunity that many students dream of to play football? Witt has received some attention from NFL scouts and it is not uncommon for Ivy League players to play in the NFL, most notably Harvard grad and Buffalo Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick is succeeding on the field.
If you ask me, Witt needs to go to the Rhodes Scholarship interview. Needs to. An NFL career could end with a big hit or one wrong step, but many new doors could open up with a Rhodes Scholarship and he could always play football afterward, see Myron Rolle.
Lesson for you kids out there, academics before athletics.