Marlon Lucky: Should I Stay or Should I Go?

BobAnalyst IJanuary 11, 2008

It's the question nearly every high-level skill player asks himself during his junior year in college:

Should I stay in college, finish my education, and hone my skills so that I can be an effective NFL player?

Or should I declare for the draft, possibly get picked, and make lots of money?

This question, I'm sure, has been running through the head of Nebraska running back Marlon Lucky for the past few months.

But there's a twist in the plot.

Lucky's coach for last three years, a man he's become great friends with, might just be entering the NFL as an offensive coordinator after being fired by the Cornhuskers.

Bill Callahan has met with two NFL teams—the New York Jets and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Callahan is no stranger to the NFL, having been the head coach of the Oakland Raiders in 2002 and 2003.

Wherever Callahan gets a job, if he gets a job, it will most likely have some influence on whether Lucky decides to declare for the draft.

Another twist, albeit minor, involves new Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini, the former LSU defensive coordinator.

Pelini and his new staff have already said that every player must earn his spot in the new lineup. (Will Lucky have what it takes? I think so.)

In any event, Lucky must make his decision by next Tuesday.

If he doesn't declare, he finishes his degree, becomes a better football player and a better person, and stands a better chance of being successful in the NFL.

If he does declare, he puts his football career on the line, passing up his final year of education for the "dream" and a little bit of spending cash.

I might be biased, and the decision is Lucky's—but if I were in his shoes, I'd stick around for one more season.

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