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Rockies prospect breaks ribs in bowl game

Posted on: December 31, 2010 3:47 pm
Edited on: December 31, 2010 6:28 pm
Kyle Parker You rarely hear about prospect injuries around New Year's, but few first-rounders are playing college football. Rockies first-rounder and Clemson quarterback Kyle Parker left the Meineke Bowl with broken ribs in the first half of the Tigers' loss to South Florida.

Parker signed with the Rockies, but took less money to play another season of football at Clemson, who were a pre-season contender for the ACC title. The Tigers went 6-7 and Parker had a disappointing season as a redshirt sophomore. The 21-year old threw 12 touchdowns and 10 interceptions going into the bowl game and was 11 for 17 for 134 yards and an interception in the loss to the Bulls.

Parker led the team to a touchdown drive at the end of the half, but didn't return for the second half.

Parker, a big-time power prospect, got a $1.4 million signing bonus from the Rockies and may have left up to $800,000 for the opportunity to play college football this season. He turned down a $2.25 million offer from the Rockies to give up football.

In 2009-10, Parker became the first-ever college player to throw for 20 touchdowns and hit 20 home runs in the same academic year. For the Tigers, Parker hit .344/.478/.656 with 20 home runs and 64 RBI as a first baseman and outfielder.

On the ESPN broadcast, the announcer said Parker had told them he will give up football after this season and start his career with the Rockies.

UPDATE: Here's what Parker, who suffered cracked and bruised ribs on the play above, said after the game and his choice to come back for another season of football from Greg Wallace of the Anderson Independent Mail :


"When you look at that, you have to look at the situation I was in,” he said. "If I would've gone and played baseball, I wouldn’t have known much it’d have been worth. That’s the way negotiations were. When you sit back and look in hindsight, it’s really tough to say. I think I’ve learned a lot of things. I don’t have any questions in my mind.

"If I never make it to the major leagues and have to get a real job, the $900,000 would be nice. If I’m sitting with the Rockies, making a comfortable living, knowing I made the right choice it could be worth it."


-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: January 3, 2011 12:15 pm

Rockies prospect breaks ribs in bowl game

turning down 2.5 million dollars, when ur not projected as top college qb, and u ARE projected as a top baseball player = bad move.
BTW, if he got paid this year (from the Rockies) ... my question is ALWAYS this...  HOW IS HE ALLOWED TO PLAY NCAA COLLEGE FOOTBALL???  All thse othere guys get suspended for reieving money.. including 4 guys from Ohio St,  etc. al. How does the NCAA figure this.

Since: Feb 27, 2007
Posted on: January 2, 2011 4:23 pm

Rockies prospect breaks ribs in bowl game

He'll still be a baseball player and he probably banged a lot of girls this year. Well played, Mr. Parker! The ribs will heal fine.

Since: Dec 6, 2010
Posted on: January 2, 2011 9:53 am

Rockies prospect breaks ribs in bowl game

One last reason he should have stuck with baseball and btw, he is 6' tall 200lbs(tiny for a QB): here is his baseball achievments from 2010 from Clemson website:

First-team All-American by Ping! Baseball and second-team All-American according to Baseball America, ABCA and NCBWA...first-team All-ACC selection, he was Clemson's only first-team pick...starting right fielder helped the Tigers to College World Series in 2010...led Clemson with 20 home runs...holds Clemson record for fewest games required to reach 25 career home runs, he did it in 103 games...has 46 career home runs to rank eighth in Clemson of just eight players in Clemson history to hit at least 20 home runs in a .302 hitter in baseball, he improved his average after batting .344 as a junior...third on the team with 64 RBIs...led the team in runs (85), also fifth-most in the nation, total bases (162), on-base percentage (.478), slugging percentage (.656) and walks (56)...tied for 25th in the nation in homers...named ACC Player-of-the-Week on Mar. 22 after going 8-for-17 (.471) with three homers, five RBIs and 10 runs over a five-game stretch...also named ACC Player-of-the-Week on May 10; went 10-for-16 (.625) with five doubles and seven RBIs against Florida Gulf Coast and Maryland...went 2-for-4 with a home and two runs against #6 Georgia Tech in the ACC Tourney...hit a three-run homer in first inning at #14 Auburn in the regional round on Jun. 7.

Yeah, tough it out, be a man, and play football!LOL!

Since: Dec 6, 2010
Posted on: January 2, 2011 9:47 am

Rockies prospect breaks ribs in bowl game

And I do admire the fact that he is an athlete and wanted to compete in football but just stating facts regarding the differences of playing each sport professionally.  Best of luck and focus on baseball now that uoi have seen what football will end with-an injury!

Since: Dec 6, 2010
Posted on: January 2, 2011 9:45 am

Rockies prospect breaks ribs in bowl game

Yeah, smart move!  The average NFL career is 3-4 years where you can play 10-15 in the Show- why was this even a question?  this kid would, at best, be a third-string QB!  Hopefully these cracked ribs will give him time to realize he better get his head on straight and go with a career that will offer him $$$ and minimum injury risk...ummm, no brainer?

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: January 2, 2011 12:13 am

Rockies prospect breaks ribs in bowl game

You know what? I would give up money NOT to play for the Rockies too. You cannot put a price on happiness and fun times in college. He chose well to play one more season at Clemson. He will make the 800K back eventually. The article says that he is a big time power prospect. I am guessing that it means that he will eventually become a power hitter in MLB and sign with Scott Boras who will probably net him a contract worth $40 million a year over 7 years! $280 million is nothing to sneeze at.  

Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: January 1, 2011 8:41 pm

Rockies prospect breaks ribs in bowl game

Anyone who makes a negative comment about this kid is asking for a huge dose of bad karma. If more kids were like this guy, sports would be different. It's not always about the money.

Since: Sep 21, 2006
Posted on: January 1, 2011 11:36 am

Rockies prospect breaks ribs in bowl game

BH2010-  You are an idiot for your comment.  This is a college kid you turned down tons of money to play football.  Give the guy some credit.

Since: Oct 25, 2007
Posted on: January 1, 2011 11:26 am

Rockies prospect breaks ribs in bowl game

Broken ribs are nothing, I've had a bunch of them, he'll be fine in six weeks.  Plus, after having a subpar season at Clemson, he can now focus on playing baseball without any second thoughts.  You want them to ditch the guy?  He'd last about three seconds as an unsigned free agent and the Rockies would have spent $1,400,000 to have nothing to show for their first round pick.  Either you're some other team's GM hoping to somehow get a shot at this guy or else you are simply clueless.

Since: Jan 20, 2010
Posted on: January 1, 2011 1:10 am

Rockies prospect breaks ribs in bowl game

If I'm the Rockies, I'd ditch this guy as soon as possible.  He's obviously an idiot both in his choices and his intellect. 

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