Scott Sicko, a tight end from the University of New Hampshire that had said he didn’t want to play in the NFL because he wasn’t drafted, has changed his mind according to SI’s Peter King.
“What can I say?” Sicko told me today from the UNH campus. “I changed my mind. I got very comfortable with the Cowboys over the last couple of days. And I made a compromise with myself.”
He was considered a late-round prospect in last weekend’s NFL draft. The New England Patriots held a private workout with him, and five teams — the Chargers, Cowboys, Chiefs, Jaguars and Jets — called him Saturday night with contract offers. But he said he decided late in the seventh round that because he hadn’t been drafted, he would rather devote his time and energy to his studies and perhaps earn a masters degree and possibly a Ph.D. to begin a career as a history teacher.
“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.”
Sicko said if he makes the Cowboys, he will take online classes in either Political Science or History to begin his graduate-school career. If he doesn’t make the Cowboys’ active roster or practice squad, he’ll enroll this fall at one of the grad schools to which he has applied.
I can promise you that Sicko could have crawled to Kansas City offering to drive Scott Pioli to work every day and he still wouldn’t have been welcome at Arrowhead. During the combine, Pioli talked about his disappointment that Tim Tebow didn’t full participate in the drills, so I can only imagine what he would say about a kid that turned his nose up at the NFL.
What bugs me the most about this story is that a kid like Myron Rolle takes a once in a lifetime opportunity to study at Oxford before tackling another once in a lifetime opportunity in the NFL and plummets in the draft because of it. Yet this guy is handed an opportunity to compete for a roster spot by five teams, he acts as if he’s better than the league and then a couple days later it’s “oh, well he was just being a kid”.