HE has played in the Pro Bowl, got a Super Bowl ring but doe not have the stats for the Hall of Fame. In addition, he would most likely be the third choice in the pecking order, maybe fourth, behind Cobb, Nelson and Jones. At 31, this was probably his last chance at a big long term deal with guarantees. So he chose money and a chance to be The Undisputed Man. I don't blame him. I probably would have done the same.
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The sad part in redsoxnation's scenerio is that I can see either Auburn or Oklahomo losing their title games. You have to remember title games have screwed over a ton of undeafeted teams or teams looking for a championship game.