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9BREES9
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Jeff Samardzija professional decision revisited

Who here remembers Samardzija from Notre Dame? Remember watching him during his Notre Dame days and he ultimately decided to go pro in baseball rather than opt for the NFL draft. If he would’ve chosen the NFL, how do you think his career would’ve played out?




tiggerthetooth
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Probably would have had some concussions and received permanent bodily damage.


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LSUBoo
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His career MLB earnings were $122,725,000, without the wear on his body from football. I'd say smart choice.


LSUlefty
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He made the right decision. This isn't even a debate IMO.


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tduecen
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Probably would have spent 5 years in the NFL and then started a new job


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diremustang
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Probably would have been good, but made a lot less money and be a lot more beaten up


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WestCoastAg
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If he would’ve chosen the NFL, how do you think his career would’ve played out?
probably would have ended with him making less than 100,000,000


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WestCoastAg
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without the wear on his body from football
now pitching does destroy the arm. but i guess better that than the head or knees


saintsfan92612
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Rather a bum arm than being unable to walk and have suicidal thoughts.


WestCoastAg
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hence my second sentence


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Those ND helmets are so much better than what they have now


SeeeeK
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a WR career is what, 3-4 years, compared to him being able to toil in minors if it doesnt work for 4-5 years+??

Baseball was his correct decision, he's made a nice chunk of change playing it


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BigPerm30
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Kyler Murray should’ve picked baseball too. Guaranteed contracts and a lot easier on the body. Samardzija was solid but never elite. That gets you $100million in baseball. You have to be elite in football to come even close to that money. Elite in baseball can get you close to $1 billion nowadays.


tduecen
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He is a QB he made the right decision for NFL, mediocre QB's are getting 100m now days... see Tannehill, Cousins, Wentz, Garoppolo


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BeachDude022
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I’d say bad decision had he gotten stuck in the minors his entire career. Making it to the big leagues is a hard thing to do and a big risk he had taken. Luckily it panned out perfectly
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Kracka
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Those ND helmets are so much better than what they have now


This


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I Bleed Garnet
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His career MLB earnings were $122,725,000,

This


dukke v
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That’s an amazing out for an average at best pitcher.


LSUBoo
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now pitching does destroy the arm. but i guess better that than the head or knees




And that one arm isn't completely fricked like some NFL players after they finish.

And so much money for a guy that only had one all-star season and a losing record (not that pitcher records mean a lot) for his career.



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diremustang
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The first receiver taken in that class was Calvin Johnson. Samardzija has higher career earning than him. Even if Johnson didn’t retire early it would have been something like 160 to 120.

Edit: the next two receivers taken were Ted ginn and Dwayne Bowe. Both had pretty successful nfl careers, and they combined to make about 30 million less than Samardzija
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