Joe Burrow, Justin Fields, and Jalen Hurts all made the right decisions

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They’re quitting on their team. They don’t care about their teammates. I wouldn’t cheer for someone who didn’t want to be here. Justin Fields, Joe Burrow, and Jalen Hurts all dealt with criticism for their decisions to leave their previous schools. Controversy surrounding their move was created externally, but each took it in stride. They benefited from their decisions, and all three made it to the College Football Playoff. Not every player should expect to experience this type of success, but this trio proved that betting on yourself can be the best decision a play can make.

Imagine if none of these players transferred. There’s no guarantee that their previous teams would be in the playoff now, and the situations they left might not have improved if they stayed. There’s a reason they left, and it worked. Fields sat behind Jake Fromm at Georgia, and most likely would have shared reps with the Bulldogs quarterback. Burrow left because Dwayne Haskins and Tate Martell remained in front of him on the depth chart. He’s elevated his game since coming to LSU, but would that have happened if he stayed in Urban Meyer’s (or Ryan Day’s) scheme? Jalen Hurts won the job at Alabama, but lost it when Tua Tagovailoa took over in the 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship. Last season, Alabama relegated him to the backup spot.

Fields accounted for 3,424 yards with 50 touchdowns this year. Burrow produced 5,004 yards and 51 touchdowns (48 passing) to lead LSU. Hurts yielded his best year of his career with 4,889 yards and 50 touchdowns (18 rushing). All three elevated the programs they joined, are the biggest reason their teams made the playoff. Imagine if they decided to stay.

Always bet on yourself

Blaming a kid for quitting in a world where coaches come and go doesn’t make sense. In the end, it’s about what’s best for the athlete, and no one besides those close to them should affect that decision.

Justin Fields didn’t quit on Georgia, but many accused him of doing so. Ohio State’s star quarterback didn’t see the field much as a freshman, but bloomed with the Buckeyes. Joe Burrow found himself stuck behind two guys at his position, but decided to go to a place where he’d have a chance. Hurts lost the starting job, and it was evident he wouldn’t win the job back. Fans wanted him to stay as a backup instead of finding a place to grow. Put yourself in their shoes, and you might feel differently with their perspective.

Every school accepts transfers. No one’s immune to that fact, but fans continue to accuse kids of quitting. None of those fans would be there if things didn’t work out for those kids, so they shouldn’t have a say in their decisions. Let the kids bet on themselves. If they’re right, be happy for them. If it’s the wrong choice, let them learn from it. Not everything affects the fans, regardless of how much they overreact. The playoff is better because these three chose to transfer, and we can all appreciate that.

Everyone’s better off

Alabama lost Tua to an injury, but they were better with him. Oklahoma’a better with Jalen Hurts. Ohio State’s better with Justin Fields. LSU’s better with Joe Burrow. Not everything has to be negative with transfers. All three were stuck in situations that weren’t benefiting them, so they made a change. That’s what you do in life.

Oklahoma, Ohio State, and LSU are three of the best teams in the country, and it’s because they brought in transfers. Transfers that are nightmares to defend. These quarterbacks all can get it down in the air and on the ground, and a championship wouldn’t be a surprise for any of them. They just need to find a way to take down the defending champ, Trevor Lawrence. For now, we can appreciate the journey these three traveled, and remember that it’s not a bad thing to transfer. It’s just a new beginning.

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