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Jeremy Bloom: Drafted into the NFL

post #1 of 27
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Hmmmm....E...A...G...L...E...S!!!!!
post #2 of 27
What is he gonna do now? Lots of contracts don't allow players to partake in risky sports. I can't believe they would sign Bloom without such a clause.

Ty
post #3 of 27
Bloom is done with the US Ski team. He announced that after the Olympics.

That shouldn't be a conflict. Unless his signing contract with the Eagles specificly states he can't ski anymore. I doubt he'll sign a contract with that clause in there.

just because they drafted him doesn't mean they have signed him yet.
He still has to make the team. That's not a guarantee. They already have a couple return specialist.

With the absence of T.O. they sure need wideouts.
post #4 of 27
I'm jealous, Phil! I was hoping he'd come to the Broncos. I loved watching him at CU...
post #5 of 27
I just heard that any contract with him will include a clause that will prohibit him from skiing, period.

Hard for me to believe he will sign such a contract. Depends on the amount I guess.

How much would it take to keep you from skiing?
post #6 of 27
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Originally Posted by Lars
How much would it take to keep you from skiing?
That might be an interesting "poll"....
post #7 of 27
I expect his calculation right now is how much can I earn skiing VS how much can I earn in football. If he can make a few $Mil. a year for 10 years he's still got 40+ years to ski for fun.
post #8 of 27
Does he need the money?

He could really screw up his knees to the point where skiing wouldn't be possible or enjoyable anymore.
post #9 of 27
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Originally Posted by Lars
Does he need the money?

He could really screw up his knees to the point where skiing wouldn't be possible or enjoyable anymore.
He also has the opportunity to play professional football, or just be a recreational skiier from here on out. What would you decide? There's always skiing again in 10 years or less for him, when he'll be, what, 33 at most?
post #10 of 27
I read previous quotes from him where he expected any NFL contract that he would sign to contain the 'no skiing' clause.
post #11 of 27
NFL was always his aim, back in 2002. That setback he suffered a few years back kept him in moguls for a bit longer, but he'd originally planned to do Salt Lake and then go to football. So it's been delayed a few years.
post #12 of 27
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Originally Posted by Lars
I just heard that any contract with him will include a clause that will prohibit him from skiing, period.

Hard for me to believe he will sign such a contract. Depends on the amount I guess.
That's the standard for professional sports contracts. He'll sign it or he won't play, as they won't back off those clauses.
post #13 of 27
Go Buffs.. A decent draft too.. I was hoping, like SSH, that the Broncos would make a move for him as well.. They could really use a speed guy.. He was quite exciting as a receiver and returner at CU..
post #14 of 27
I think all NFL contracts have a clause on most activities that would risk physical harm (outside of normal football activities). Ken Winslow Jr., a projected superstar almost had his contract and signing bonus voided for making stunt moves on a motorcycle. IIRC, he ended up in the hospital and out for most of last season.

BTW, Bloom is a fifth round draft choice; he won’t make millions per year even when the signing bonus is factored in. Also, NFL contracts are not guarantee (other than the signing bonus). Could be he is doing it for the love of the game.
post #15 of 27
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Originally Posted by jack97

BTW, Bloom is a fifth round draft choice; he won’t make millions per year even when the signing bonus is factored in. Also, NFL contracts are not guarantee (other than the signing bonus). Could be he is doing it for the love of the game.
He won't make millions per year at the outset. He went in the 5th round mainly due to the lack of playing time he saw in college, which was due to his NCAA troubles (as I'm sure most of us are aware). How much he pulls, dollar-wise, from his NFL career will be based entirely on his performance in the next few seasons.

Although I LOVE to ski, I've gotta say that given the chance to play a football, basketball, baseball or golf at the Professional level would be VERY hard to pass up. Forget the money for a moment -- just think of the experience itself.
post #16 of 27
My Dad played pro football, and he said that all contracts that he had heard of prohibit players from skiing, his included of course.
post #17 of 27
What's minimum wage in the NFL these Days? Whatever it is, it's probably 10x what he'd make as a skier (if he had the ability to make any money skiing). He loves football, maybe as much as skiing, so it's a no-brainer for him. I'd give up skiing for a few years to take a shot at something like that if it came along. I hope he does well and has a decent NFL career. And if he doesn't I hope he goes back to skiing, not to Arena football, CFL or European football (American style, as opposed to soccer). But then, if he does love football as much as skiing, he could end up doing something like that if he can't make a living skiing.

I wonder what kind of education he got at CU?
post #18 of 27
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Originally Posted by JohnH
What's minimum wage in the NFL these Days? Whatever it is, it's probably 10x what he'd make as a skier (if he had the ability to make any money skiing).
According to the NFL Players Association website (the players Union), "There is a minimum salary you can pay a guy who is in his first year, which is just over $200k. For each year the player has in the NFL, the minimum salary goes up, until a 10 year veteran has a minimum salary of just over $750k. These numbers change each year with the salary cap, so it's a bit of work to keep up on the exact number each guy has for his minimum salary."

Not bad for a guy right out of college, eh? Factoring in endorsement deals, incentives, etc., he'll do quite well for himself it seems. Let's just hope he stays healthy enough to be able to ski when his playing career comes to an end -- at 5'9", he's the type of wide-out/special teams guy that defenders dream of lighting up.
post #19 of 27
I hd read a couple places where Bloom was quoted as saying he really doesn't love skiing, he loved the competition and winning. I was a little surprised when I read that. But apparently, on his day off, the desire to go ski bumps is pretty far down on the list.
post #20 of 27
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Originally Posted by roundturns
But apparently, on his day off, the desire to go ski bumps is pretty far down on the list.
Hmmm, so Bloom and I have something in common. Someone needs to ask him about his desire to ski pow on off days....
post #21 of 27
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Originally Posted by iskitoofast4u
Not bad for a guy right out of college, eh? Factoring in endorsement deals, incentives, etc., he'll do quite well for himself it seems. Let's just hope he stays healthy enough to be able to ski when his playing career comes to an end -- at 5'9", he's the type of wide-out/special teams guy that defenders dream of lighting up.
NFL contracts are not guaranteed, the team can leverage him into a 5 year deal near minimum salary. If he gets cut, he will lose the salary of the remaining part of the contract. Once players get to this level, they have to show their value to the team. That said, the Eagles are a well run organization so I think he will get a fair shot at competing for a position in the team, the rest is up to him.
post #22 of 27
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Originally Posted by iskitoofast4u
According to the NFL Players Association website (the players Union), "There is a minimum salary you can pay a guy who is in his first year, which is just over $200k. For each year the player has in the NFL, the minimum salary goes up, until a 10 year veteran has a minimum salary of just over $750k. These numbers change each year with the salary cap, so it's a bit of work to keep up on the exact number each guy has for his minimum salary."

Not bad for a guy right out of college, eh? Factoring in endorsement deals, incentives, etc., he'll do quite well for himself it seems. Let's just hope he stays healthy enough to be able to ski when his playing career comes to an end -- at 5'9", he's the type of wide-out/special teams guy that defenders dream of lighting up.
Yeah, not a bad gig if you can get it. However, for a 5th rounder, who is most likely to be at or near the minimum, he isn't likely to get too many endorsement deals, with the excpetion that his current fame from the Oly's might spark some interest from a couple of companies. But if he does well and hits a few of his personal incentives, he won't need to be worrying about minimums.
post #23 of 27
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Originally Posted by JohnH
I hope he does well and has a decent NFL career. And if he doesn't I hope he goes back to skiing, not to Arena football, CFL or European football (American style, as opposed to soccer). But then, if he does love football as much as skiing, he could end up doing something like that if he can't make a living skiing.
Hey, I hope that wasn't a shot at the CFL! I don't know much about Bloom's career as a player, but from the sounds of it, for a player like him, the CFL would be the perfect place for his kind of skills to really shine. The CFL game is different; the play is more wide open, bigger field, more passing, more turnovers and special teams, he would love being able to really use his skills and use them a lot during a game up here.
post #24 of 27
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Originally Posted by Lars
Bloom is done with the US Ski team. He announced that after the Olympics.

That shouldn't be a conflict. Unless his signing contract with the Eagles specificly states he can't ski anymore. I doubt he'll sign a contract with that clause in there.

just because they drafted him doesn't mean they have signed him yet.
He still has to make the team. That's not a guarantee. They already have a couple return specialist.

With the absence of T.O. they sure need wideouts.
All NFL contracts have such clauses in them. I believe they can't even play pick-up basketball. Of course none of that means that he can't ski. I just means that if he injures himself skiing, his contract is void, and he may be liable to pay a portion of it back to the franchise. Whether Jeremy wants to sign a contract with such a clause is out of his hands. He either does, or he does not play in the NFL.
post #25 of 27
My Dad said that the clause states that if you violate the provision stating that you can't ski etc, then they don't have to honor the contract if you are injured, for any reason. Again, that was just his contract, but it makes sense.
post #26 of 27
On a side note, Jim Longborg a pitcher of my father’s beloved Boston Red Sox was a key member of the 1967 “impossible year”. That year he was probably the second most dominant pitcher, won the Cy Young award and got the team to a game 6 in the World Series. He was outdone by Bob Gibson, the most dominant pitcher of that era. During that off season, he broke his leg while skiing and it was said that he was never the same pitcher.

There’s a reason why professional teams insist on such clauses.
post #27 of 27
He should make the team - most picks do. They are a lot cheaper than a vetern at backup/special teams positions. I would imagine after all the training and work he put into being an elite mogul skier he probably wouldn't mind a couple years off the slopes anyways.
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