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I think most people understood Bryce's decision at the time, but this should convince anyone who may have had questions about his decision to skip the Sun Bowl.

https://twitter.com/PeteThamel/status/10...6524715010
(01-11-2019, 10:55 AM)StanfordMatt Wrote: [ -> ]I think most people understood Bryce's decision at the time, but this should convince anyone who may have had questions about his decision to skip the Sun Bowl.

https://twitter.com/PeteThamel/status/10...6524715010

It seems to me the reason there was any debate at all was that Bryce had "decided" not to play. Turns out it wasn't really a "decision" at all.
(01-11-2019, 10:55 AM)StanfordMatt Wrote: [ -> ]I think most people understood Bryce's decision at the time, but this should convince anyone who may have had questions about his decision to skip the Sun Bowl.

https://twitter.com/PeteThamel/status/10...6524715010

from the linked article

Former Stanford tailback Bryce Love is recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, which he suffered in the Cardinal’s final regular season game. Love underwent surgery on Dec. 18 with Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham and is expected to make a full recovery.

He will miss the NFL combine in February, although he’s too early in the rehab process to determine when he’ll be cleared to return to the field. Love disclosed the injury, which hadn’t been previously reported, to Yahoo Sports on Friday in an effort to be transparent for the pre-draft process.

https://sports.yahoo.com/stanfords-bryce...29554.html
Oh no, that's horrible timing for him. He won't be able to do anything for the combine or workouts only a few months removed from surgery, so who knows where he'll get drafted? I guess this is why no one comes back any more.
(01-11-2019, 11:05 AM)stupac2 Wrote: [ -> ]Oh no, that's horrible timing for him. He won't be able to do anything for the combine or workouts only a few months removed from surgery, so who knows where he'll get drafted? I guess this is why no one comes back any more.

It was dumb to come back from a risk management perspective. If you are projected to go high, you go. Strike while iron is hot.  Bryce Love was a first round pick if he came out last year.  Now he might be a 4th rd pick. He cost himself millions of dollars.  Hopefully money doesn't mean that much to him.
The NFL is not a sentimental organization. That comes from from working for them for 46 years. Bryce should enter med school ASAP. He can rehab and then decide if he wants to risk concussion and other injury during that time. Gave his all for his teammates.
(01-11-2019, 11:09 AM)OutsiderFan Wrote: [ -> ]
(01-11-2019, 11:05 AM)stupac2 Wrote: [ -> ]Oh no, that's horrible timing for him. He won't be able to do anything for the combine or workouts only a few months removed from surgery, so who knows where he'll get drafted? I guess this is why no one comes back any more.

It was dumb to come back from a risk management perspective. If you are projected to go high, you go. Strike while iron is hot.  Bryce Love was a first round pick if he came out last year.  Now he might be a 4th rd pick. He cost himself millions of dollars.  Hopefully money doesn't mean that much to him.

I don't think he will even be a 4th round pick.  Probably 5th or 6th round.
I'll throw in the optimist angle here - there are a number of players who have torn ACLs in their last year. ACL surgery is still a long recovery but it seems that more and more often the recovery is 100%. I found this article - very impressive list of NFL stars who have had torn ACLs http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/page/hot...on-surgery

This also explains a lot about Love & Irwin's acceptance to the Senior Bowl. They must have come earlier in the year. There's no way Love was accepting after an ACL tear. I'm guessing Irwin is also injured & unable to play in it but maybe by accepting they get the honor of being invited on their resume.
This is a fresh example of what we are really asking for when we hope that our favorite players come back for one more season. We are asking them to roll the dice, and if it comes up snake-eyes, it is the individual who bears the consequences, not the program or the fanbase. I will never begrudge a player leaving early. Big-time college sports are a business, and in business people make the decision that's right for them. If I want to indulge sentiments about loyalty to the school and the team, I should find a Division III team to root for.
Regarding Irwin and possible all-star game participation

the Stanford accepted Senior Bowl invites (Okereke and Bailey) - roster comes out next week

https://www.seniorbowl.com/accepted-invi...e=&s_id=90

the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl roster (no Stanford players)

http://collegiate.nflpa.com/2019/01/10/r...iate-bowl/

regarding Love

this site said as of 06 Dec 2018 Love had not accepted a senior bowl invite

https://thedraftnetwork.com/2018/12/06/5...nior-bowl/

and on 17 Dec 2018 says he had still not accepted the invite

https://sports.yahoo.com/stanford-rb-bry...19634.html
Hopefully Love didn't return to school ostensibly for med school prep and the reality is his grades aren't up to par.  Maybe he did return in part to get his grades up.  I seem to recall some posts on this board questioning Love's med school potential.
This makes me so sad. I wish he had gone to the NFL last year instead of being so unselfish.
(01-11-2019, 01:39 PM)GoodGrief Wrote: [ -> ]This makes me so sad. I wish he had gone to the NFL last year instead of being so unselfish.

+1
Anyone know if its likely Bryce had insurance that would at least partially cover loss in draft value due to injury? I would think/hope so.