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Scott Sicko Changes His Mind, Signs with Dallas Cowboys

On Sunday I posted the story of New Hampshire tight end Scott Sicko who went undrafted and decided to quit football despite outstanding offers to sign with several teams as a free agent. We questioned Sicko’s decision at the time because there are several free agents who have played in the NFL and had excellent careers despite being undrafted. Sicko didn’t see it that way but apparently we have helped him change his mind. On Tuesday, Sicko signed a deal with the Dallas Cowboys. According to Peter King’s story from SI, we can thank the Cowboys staff and ourselves for the deal commencing:

“Over the last couple of days I had a few conversations with the Cowboys and I talked to my agent a couple of times,” Sicko said. “They made me feel good about giving football a chance and that it would not ruin my plans for the rest of my life. Basically, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and I realize I can probably do both and still accomplish my career goals.”

“I really didn’t read about [the public criticism] very much, but friends of mine told me what was out there,” Sicko said. “I try not to let outside forces influence my life. The Cowboys called and reiterated their interest in me, and their coaches said they were interested in me as a player and person, and that made me feel good. I don’t see this as anything that will be hurtful in my life.”

I’m glad Sicko had a little sense talked into him and realized he’s not as far off from his dream as he thought upon going undrafted. All he needs to do is look at two of his new teammates — Tony Romo and Miles Austin — to see how one can go from undrafted to star in the NFL. We don’t know if Sicko will join that tandem but we do know that he’s pursuing his dream. I’m glad we could provide some assistance with the matter. I’m also surprised the Cowboys weren’t concerned about his character following that episode but obviously they believe in him.

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Scott Sicko changes mind, signs with Cowboys [Peter King at SI]
Scott Sicko Goes Undrafted, Quits Football Despite Contract Offers [LBS]

Scott Sicko Goes Undrafted, Quits Football Despite Contract Offers

Of all the surprises to come out of the NFL draft weekend, what happened with New Hampshire tight end Scott Sicko was the most shocking. I don’t recall ever seeing a story like this one. With the draft capped at seven rounds, several talented football players go undrafted. Even though no team selects them in the draft, they’re able to sign with any team they choose as an undrafted free agent immediately following the draft (as long as there’s mutual interest). New Hampshire tight end Scott Sicko went undrafted but the Jaguars, Cowboys, and Jets all tried to sign him. Which team did he choose? None of them. Pro Football Talk shared this incredible story Saturday night via the Albany Times-Union:

Not getting drafted, [Sicko] decided, provided a new clarity, a different answer to the question of whether he wanted to get started on his life after football.

“If I were to be drafted I would have had more confidence of a much longer career in the NFL,” Sicko said. “I have to look at my life and decide what will make me the happiest. And the thing that will make me the happiest now and in the long run is to pursue my education.”

After getting his New Hampshire degree this May, Sicko plans to get a post-graduate degree or two in history, and become a history teacher or professor. And, yes, he knows he could have put off his education.

There you have it — Sicko told his agent to tell teams that called “thanks but no thanks” to their offers. He’s hanging up the cleats for grad school. Here’s the deal: if Sicko’s dream is to become a history teacher, then I can’t argue with him. But if he ever had dreams of playing in the NFL, just because he wasn’t drafted doesn’t mean he wouldn’t be able to live his dream. Antonio Gates is one of the best tight ends in the NFL and he went undrafted. Steelers linebacker and Defensive Player of the Year in 2008 was undrafted. Same with Kurt Warner, West Welker, London Fletcher, Herm Edwards, Priest Holmes, Tony Romo, and recently selected Hall of Famer John Randle. I’m not saying it would have been easy for Sicko to make it in the NFL but the reality is he wasn’t that far off as an undrafted free agent. I hope he doesn’t regret his choice.

Sources:
In a stunner, Scott Sicko says no thanks to NFL (Updated) [Albany Times-Union]
Player goes undrafted, says no thanks to teams [Pro Football Talk]