April 17, 2014

Browns Rookie & Former Ohio State Linebacker Andrew Sweat Will Not Play In NFL

As late as Thursday night, Browns’ head coach Pat Shumur expressed excitement about the 37 players who were set to partake in this weekend’s rookie minicamp in Berea. Then, on Friday morning, only 36 took the field with former Ohio State linebacker Andrew Sweat noticeably absent. The club did not release any details on why Sweat was missing from the first workout, and Shumur addressed it to the media in the afternoon, announcing that Sweat had decided not to play in the NFL.

Sweat had been accepted to multiple law schools and was coming off a senior season in which he dealt with a concussion and an elbow injury. But he was still one of the first undrafted free agents signed by the Browns, and he expressed his excitement to the Plain Dealer’s Doug Lesmerises about the prospects of competing in camp with the Browns. Now it appears that he has decided to end his football career.

[Related: Browns sign UDFA Andrew Sweat]

 

  • Denni

    no sweat

  • mgbode

    good luck to him at law school.

  • Humboldt

    Although Sweat was a marginal talent, this is really an interesting sign of the times. 

  • BrownsFanSF

    Can’t say I blame him for using that brain of his for something other than a battering ram.  Good point though, would this have happened 10 years ago?

  • guest

    But it’s gonna suck.

  • SteveinBrooklyn

    Sure will.  Depending on the law school and if he gets a scholarship, it would likely cost him/whoever’s paying for it upwards of $120,000 to attend.  He could make twice that in 1 year at the rookie minimum for the Browns, no?

    Play a year and then go?

    …This is all assuming he’s thought this choice out, really wants to be a lawyer, and thought about his prospects in the job market in the area he may eventually practice in.

  • Scut_Farkus

    I’d rather suffer multiple concussions than suffer law school again.

  • mgbode

    if he made the team.   first, we have no idea what his financial status is or the type of scholarships he may have had to pass up to play football this year.  

    we also don’t know that maybe he got into his dream law school and who knows if that happens next year.

    finally, he’d have to put off law school for at least a year and if he doesn’t make the team (he is a longshot), then he has to wait a year before he can try to apply and get in again.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/HV2SIFP7KDJJAXRJERUIDRNNKY Ken

    SEE cleveland  …..a silver lining……at least it wasnt one of our draft picks

  • USSChoo

    Let’s not bemoan this choice. If the guy is smart enough to get into law school, he is smart enough to have weighed the financial, and physical, pros and cons. You don’t think he thought the choice out? You know, probably the biggest choice of his life.

  • Scut_Farkus

    Most law schools, if not all, let you defer your enrollment for a year when you’re accepted.

  • Vagabond

     Just do what Alan Page did: both.  And be really good at both.

  • Scut_Farkus

    I’m going to assume SteveinBrooklyn is speaking from experience because the sentiment is familiar.  Many, many people regret their decision to go to law school, especially recently because the job market for lawyers has evaporated since ’08.  Of course, the students themselves bear responsibility for their decision.  But, law schools continue to mail out prospectus with employment and starting salary statistics that are distorted to enhance their U.S. News rankings.  Sweat better be absolutely positive he wants to be a lawyer; he better go to a good school, on scholarship, and do very well his first semester.

  • Garry_Owen

    Having experienced both, I say, “Amen!”

    Although one did (eventually) provide a nice salary for me, while the other caused me to lose a lot of memory and mental capacity that could have made that salary even better.  Maybe I should rethink that . . . nope, can’t do it.  Stupid concussions. 

  • Scut_Farkus

    How does one obtain this “salary” you speak of?

    /class of ’11
    //doc review ’till I die

  • Garry_Owen

    Oh, I feel for you, brother. This is not a good market (which is why I’m frankly somewhat surprised that Sweat made this decision).
    I credit Providence for my paycheck.

    What school?

  • Skingk2

    His father is and attorney his financial situation is far from what he is worried about.

  • Scut_Farkus

    W&M.  You?  JAG?

  • Scut_Farkus

    W&M.  You?  JAG?

  • Garry_Owen

    Shoot. OSU. Private practice. Left the Army in ’09.

  • Scut_Farkus

    I should have stayed in Ohio and gone to Moritz.

    Deadspin picked up this story, via Above The Law:  
    http://deadspin.com/5910203/undrafted-nfl-rookie-andrew-sweat-is-making-a-mistake-by-going-to-law-school.  The “Cleveland Browns of law schools.”  Nice.  But, it looks like the kid is planning to go work for dad’s law firm.

  • Scut_Farkus

    I should have stayed in Ohio and gone to Moritz.

    Deadspin picked up this story, via Above The Law:  
    http://deadspin.com/5910203/undrafted-nfl-rookie-andrew-sweat-is-making-a-mistake-by-going-to-law-school.  The “Cleveland Browns of law schools.”  Nice.  But, it looks like the kid is planning to go work for dad’s law firm.