Jadeveon Clowney Insurance Policy: Gamecocks Star is Making a Wise Move

January 1,2013; Tampa, FL, USA; South Carolina Gamecocks defensive end Jadeveon Clowney (7) reacts after they beat the Michigan Wolverines in the 2013 Outback Bowl at Raymond James Stadium. South Carolina won 33-28. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

South Carolina Gamecocks star defensive end Jadeveon Clowney has been the topic of much discussion over the past few days after the question was raised whether or not he should sit out the 2013 season. It didn’t take long for Clowney and his head coach Steve Spurrier to laugh off the report, but now it looks like Clowney is prepared to take measures to ensure he will get paid next year even if he suffers a major injury.

It is being reported that Clowney will buy injury insurance for his junior season at South Carolina, which is exactly what he should be doing.

There is little doubt that Clowney can be the number one pick in the 2014 NFL Draft next April — heck, he could be the top pick this year — where he will be guaranteed millions of dollars. It is that part of his future that needs to have Clowney thinking about insuring his body.

Clowney’s insurance policy will be worth $5 million in case of a catastrophic injury that prematurely ends his playing career in 2013 if he goes through with it. His camp reached out to Coastal Advisors LLC to gauge the idea. If Clowney takes out the insurance. the NCAA would likely front the cost, but Clowney would be forced to repay once he is able.

Some may bash Clowney for going to such extreme lengths, but imagine how devastating it would be to the young man to see his playing career ended early without ever being able to earn a penny.

I still think a better strategy would be for Clowney to lawyer up and challenge the NCAA’s three-year rule, but that isn’t likely to happen. Instead, Clowney will just take out the insurance — and he should.

Just look at poor Kentucky freshman Nerlens Noel who tore his ACL and could have his NBA draft stock severely take a hit. You can even look at an injury to Marcus Lattimore, Clowney’s former college teammate, as an example.

The bigger problem here is the three-year rule. While the NCAA and NFL want you to believe that it is for player safety, it is an absolute sham to keep 18-year-olds from making a living in the field of their choice. If an 18-year-old is able to defend our country, there is no reason that he shouldn’t have the choice of whether or not he wants to turn pro and earn a living.

It will be a while before we see another underclassmen challenge the eligibility rule, but let’s hope that more learn from Clowney and make sure they are taking care of themselves by taking out an injury insurance policy.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/all.cougdup All Coug’dUp

    Gotta be honest, I like the 3 year rule. It ensures that players are ready to play and have a legitimate eval when they come out of college, in addition to helping them take steps towards finalizing their educational responsibilities in case a “catastrophic injury” should occur. The new Vince Young situation also points out that these players don’t always have the best money tools to make their money count, so a couple of extra years helps in that regard. Of course it doesn’t always matter but it’s just that much more maturity in all aspects that makes the 3 year rule a good one.

  • Christian

    I feel as though that most people don’t understand how rare these type of athelites come in football. He is one of the most amazing prospects as a sophomore, but the reason why that is is because there is no one like him. I mean have you seen any other DE play like him (In College)….. the answer is no. To think that the NCAA should change there ways for one player is ridiculous.

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