ESPN analyst Greg McElroy didn’t like Kayvon Thibodeaux’s thoughts on education at the University of Alabama.
During an interview during the national championship game, Thibodeaux said there was a “stigma” – although he meant the stigma – around football players “being stupid jocks” and a stigma about of education in Alabama, and said he was worried that if he went there, he wasn’t sure his degree meant anything.
On “McElroy and Cubelic in the Morning”, McElroy, a graduate from Alabama, rebuffed his request, initially challenging him for his use of “stigma” over stigma and saying that “he looks like a stupid sportsman “.
“What I don’t understand is why he felt the need to cut Alabama,” McElroy said on his radio show with Cole Cubelic. “And as someone who has always taken his academic situation very seriously, I’m going to tell him this – if he wants to take an IQ test, I’m available. If he wants to take the Wonderlic test, I’m available. As a proud graduate with multiple degrees from Alabama, I will compare my degree with his any day of the week.
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Thibodeaux was interviewed Monday during the college football playoff championship game with Fox’s Joel Klatt, and was asked why he chose Oregon over the Crimson Tide. He said education in Alabama “isn’t the West Coast.”
He was also asked if he knew that all of Alabama’s recruiting classes had won a title, and Thibodeaux said that while it was important, he said, “I hope they all still jobs and stuff afterwards.”
Thibodeaux certainly won’t have to worry too much about jobs after college, as he’s currently projected as one of the top two, if not the No. 1, in the 2022 NFL Draft class.
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“What people don’t realize is that football is an American sport. So no matter how great Alabama is, you only play football in America, Canada and a few other places. “, Thibodeaux told Klatt. “But a brand like Nike, I mean, for me it was like what brand associations do I want to be tied to? For me, I already hate the stigma of football players being idiots. Know you the stigma of education in Alabama? It’s not the west coast. It’s not Harvard.
Thibodeaux also said he didn’t like Saban’s talk of telling athletes he would tell when they’re ready to play rather than when players think they’re ready.
— FOX College Football (@CFBONFOX) January 12, 2022
Later, Thibodeaux also appeared to push back on Twitter for those who corrected him for using “stigma” rather than “stigma.”
Read between the lines, everyone who corrects me has gained knowledge along the way, my mission is accomplished 😂😂 pic.twitter.com/yzj1j3f6iB
— Kayvon Thibodeaux (@kayvont) January 14, 2022
McElroy explained that when recruited, he received offers from Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Duke, Stanford, Northwestern, Vanderbilt and most Ivy League schools. In 2010, while a senior at Alabama, McElroy was a finalist for the Rhodes Scholarship, which is awarded to 102 postgraduate students wishing to attend the University of Oxford.
McElroy completed his undergraduate studies in three years, earning a 3.85 GPA in business marketing, which earned him a magna cum laude. At the NFL Combine, he scored a 43 on the Wonderlic Test, a test similar to the IQ test used by NFL scouts to test the intelligence of draft athletes. Ryan Fitzpatrick has the highest level ever by a quarterback at 48, while punter Pat McInally is the only known player with a perfect score of 50.
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“I feel really offended personally, man,” McElroy said. “Really. I don’t care. Don’t come. If you think so little of us, don’t come. That’s fine with me, because I know the people who live in this state. I chose Alabama because I love Alabama.
“If you don’t want to see Alabama for the greatness it can potentially offer you, that’s on you. You’re missing something.”