It’s generally rare for running backs to pass up a chance to enter the NFL Draft, given the high injury risk associated with the position. A knee blowout can cost a player millions, so even if someone has work to do on his game it’s often worth it to make the jump to the NFL.
Nebraska running back Ameer Abdullah, though, isn’t making that jump. The first-team All-Big Ten back announced Thursday he’ll remain in Lincoln for another year, pointing to a desire to earn a degree and set himself up for life after football.
“The average NFL career, because of the violent nature of the sport, is less than five years. In analyzing these truths, I have come to realize that life is bigger than football, and that my chances of long-term success in life will be greatly enhanced by completing my college education,” Adbullah said in a statement. “Although I have always wanted to play in the NFL, at this time I would like to formally announce my intentions of returning to Nebraska for my senior season.
“If playing in the NFL is truly in God’s plans for me, then God will again present this opportunity to me after I complete my college education.”
It’s a somewhat refreshing counter-argument to the “jump at your first chance” mentality, and one the higher-ups at Nebraska no doubt are pleased with. Basically, Abdullah is gambling his stock won’t fall this coming season, though if it does he’ll have a backup plan in place.
Abdullah rushed for 1,690 yards and was a semifinalist for the Doak Walker Award in 2013.