Urban Meyer Makes the Right Choice

Chip MinnichCorrespondent IDecember 27, 2009

ATLANTA - DECEMBER 5:  Head coach Urban Meyer of the Florida Gators reacts after the Alabama Crimson Tide scored a touchdown in the first quarter during the SEC Championship game at Georgia Dome on December 5, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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While college football fans everywhere are surprised to hear of the sudden news regarding Urban Meyer's resignation from Florida, I for one believe Meyer is making not only the best choice, but the only choice he could make. 

After reading of Meyer's health issues , I applaud Meyer for putting his family needs ahead of his career aspirations.  At a young age of 45, to have health issues manifesting repeatedly, Meyer is thinking of his wife and children while walking away from the team he developed and the game that he loves.

Many college football coaches, such as Frank Leahy , Ara Parseghian , and Bo Schembechler , left college football due to health-related issues and concerns.  More importantly, each of these men I mentioned were able to enjoy their lives without the intense grind and stress that is associated with running a major college football program.

Perhaps Urban Meyer will become the college football version of John Madden —serving as an analyst for college football games, or providing insight as an in-studio commentator for one of the various major networks.  

At 45 years of age, perhaps Meyer will take a few years off, and will return to the sidelines if his health permits him to do so.  No matter what decision Urban Meyer makes regarding his football future, his football legacy is secured as one of the best coaches in college football history. 

More importantly, Urban Meyer has shown football fans everywhere that football, no matter how much we love it, is not truly life and death—when faced with the real consequences of life or death, Urban Meyer made the best choice for himself and his family.