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What is the real risk here? This is a serious, non-snark question. You believe Williams earnings will no longer be life changing? Or you believe he'll go from a top 15 lock to out of the 3rd rd? What is the serious implication of a bad injury? Even Jaylon, who had one of the most horrific injuries fell from a top 15 to early 2nd round. Then managed to stack much more cash on top of it.
Are there examples of players being injured in bowl games that drastically altered their financial future? I'm interested in any data you have.
All good man, didn't take it as snarky. Jaylon was a top 5 lock so he's even more of a serious example than Williams will potentially be this yaer.
Apologize for the long post but bear with me: there's a big difference:
The first overall pick last year, Lawrence, cashed in on a $37M deal, fully guaranteed.
Joe Tryon went No. 32: he signed an $11.2M deal with $8.2M guaranteed. You're talking about a $26M overall difference, with $29M (!) difference in guaranteed money if Tryon suffered a career ending injury early in his career.
For argument's stake, I'll split the difference between you saying top 15 and me saying top 5, and let's assume Jaylon stayed healthy and went No. 10.
Last year, No 10. overall was DaVonta Smith, who inked a $20.2M, fully guaranteed. Elijah Moore was drafted 34th overall, in the same spot Jaylon was. He inked a $9M contract, $6M guaranteed. That's a difference of $11M in total contract and $14M in guaranteed cash. ($18M / $21M compared to Lawrence).
Of course, any of these guys who get drafted are making "life changing" money compared to most anyone. There's a stark difference between making $80 or 90k vs. $400k playing on a practice squad. But to act like the difference between $5M or $30M isn't huge for these guys is pretty far fetched IMO.
KH is one of those guys who is a top 10 lock, looking at a $20-25M difference in contract value and guaranteed money, and he had already sustained a pretty serious injury against UNC. Williams is a little more head scratching given he's likely a mid-round grade, but let's not act like Running Backs aren't one of the most injury prone positions in all of sports.
And, again, if the coaches and teammates don't have sour grapes over these guys going, why should the fans? What do players owe us fans that they don't owe their teammates and coaches?
EDIT: you can also argue that Jaylon was never the same football player after the injury; he's become quite the journeyman, unfortunately.