Oregon defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux did an interview with FOX Sports’ Joel Klatt during the 2022 College Football Playoff national championship game Monday. Thibodeaux spoke out about choosing Oregon over Alabama and had some thoughts on the quality of education at each institution and why he chose to play for the Ducks.
“I already hate the stigmatism of football players being dumb jocks,” Thibodeaux said. Do you now know the stigmatism associated with Alabama education? It’s not the West Coast. It’s not Harvard.
Later in the interview, Thibodeaux continued to talk about an Alabama education.
“If I would have went to Alabama … Thibodeaux stated that he didn’t know what his degree would have meant.
ESPN college football analyst and former Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy took offense to Thibodeaux’s statements. He discussed it for quite a while on his radio show with Cole Cubelic — “McElroy and Cubelic In the Morning.”
“I just take real personal offense, man,” McElroy said Thursday. “I truly do. I don’t care. Don’t come. Don’t think so much of us. Fine with me because I know the people who live in this state. Alabama is my favorite state. … You don’t have to go to Alabama to experience the incredibleness that it has for you. You are missing out. “
Cubelic and McElroy both chastised Thibodeaux for saying “stigmatism” when he meant “stigma.”
“He says he doesn’t like the stigma that athletes are dumb jocks, and yet, he sounds like a dumb jock,” McElroy said.
McElroy played quarterback at Alabama from 2007-10. The New York Jets took him in the seventh round of the 2011 NFL Draft.
“What I don’t understand is why he felt the need to cut down Alabama,” McElroy said. I have always taken McElroy’s academic situation very seriously. I will just say this: If he would like to take an intelligence test, I am available. If he’d like to take the Wonderlic test, I’m available. I am proud to be an Alabama graduate and will match his degree any day of the week.
“I’d like to show him the offers, because I would be willing to bet that Harvard didn’t offer him,” McElroy said. McElroy stated that they would have accepted him but Harvard offered me, along with Yale and Princeton. Nearly every Ivy League school, including Duke, Stanford, Northwestern, Vanderbilt, Vanderbilt, and Vanderbilt, did offer him. And so I put Kayvon Thibodeaux there.
Thibodeaux had 49 total tackles, 35 solo tackles, and seven sacks for Oregon during the 2021 season. He’s projected by many to be on of the first picks – if not the first overall pick – in the 2022 NFL draft.
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“Meet me at the Wonderlic (test),” McElroy said later in the show. Kayvon, meet me at the Wonderlic (test). Get some. Match my 48 — or 43, whichever one it was.”
The Wonderlic test is an IQ test that used to be given at the NFL Combine for NFL Draft prospects. A perfect score for a Wonderlic test is 50 points.
During Monday’s interview with FOX, Thibodeaux also talked about how Oregon’s connection to Nike led him Eugene over Tuscaloosa.
“You know what I sat back and thought about? I thought about it and decided that I wanted to be part of the “what world” I was looking for. Thibodeaux stated that if I went to Alabama, I would win the national championships. Do I want to be known as a national champion or a member of the best organization in the world?” “… I’m interested in brand associations like Nike.
The 2022 NFL Draft is scheduled to take place April 28-30.