Ty Warren skips gym for school

    Ty Warren of the New England Patriots is giving up some serious cash in order to rack up more college credits.







    Ty Warren of the New England Patriots is giving up some serious cash in order to rack up more college credits.

    The NFL defensive lineman told
    ESPNBoston.com that he is skipping out on voluntary off-season workouts, and his $250,000 bonus, to take classes at Texas A&M.
    A possible league lockout next year has him giving serious thought to his post-NFL plan, and a degree is key to his designs. Besides, he wants to set a good example for his three kids Brionna, Brielle and Bailey.
    "I think there is something to be said for their father, who has been blessed to play in the NFL and do something he’s loved to do, going back and finishing what he started," Ty said. "In the big picture, I think it’s important for me to do what I’m doing. I can sacrifice that bonus for that."
    Ty, who was drafted into the NFL from A&M, has played with the Patriots for eight seasons, but he always planned on returning to school to finish earning his Bachelor’s degree in agricultural leadership and development. The athlete is on schedule to graduate in Spring 2011, but he thinks he could have graduated sooner if his team hadn’t gone to the Super Bowl in his first two professional seasons.

    But whether there’s a lockout or not, Ty is still thinking about life after the NFL and he feels finishing school will be invaluable when he retires. 

    "If I’m fortunate enough to play 12, 13 years, but then find myself getting cut in training camp, I’m not going to put myself in a situation where I don’t have my degree," he said. "I’m not going to give myself up like that. I need to have options, so I feel like right now is a time where I need to dictate what I’m doing in the offseason.“
    The schedule he set for himself allows Ty to fulfill his duties as an athlete, father and student. He revealed that he hits the gym every morning before taking his kids to school and heading to class. He’ll be taking five classes before football season starts, but he gets to be there for his children’s lunchtime once a week.

    All things considered, Ty said he’s worked hard enough to earn the option of sitting out this off-season’s program. And he feels he’s putting the extra time to good use.

    "I could have done something up there, but I think so much of players’ time is consumed on a year-round basis that at some point when a player establishes himself and gains trust of the organization and coaches, if they have a plan after the game, it’s in the players’ best interest to finish what they started."



    – Sonya Eskridge




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