Blake Bortles is going to pay for his brother's college education

By Josh Katzowitz | NFL Writer

Blake Bortles plans to financially support his brother's education. (USATSI)
Blake Bortles plans to financially support his brother's education. (USATSI)

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He won't buy himself a big, fancy car, and he won't scrape together a down payment on a new house.

Well, he might do some of those things eventually, but former UCF quarterback Blake Bortles, who potentially will be drafted within the first 10 picks in Thursday's first round, has another idea with how he'll spend the money from his rookie contract.

He's going to make things a little easier for his brother, Colby, a freshman baseball player at Ole Miss.

"Those baseball scholarships are funky," Bortles said Wednesday on the Open Mike radio show, via the Orlando Sentinel. "So the first big thing I'm going to pay for is the rest of my brother's college education."

That's a pretty cool thing, actually.

And unlike football scholarships, baseball scholarships -- because there's a limited number for many players on a team -- can be broken down into half scholarships or quarter-scholarships or whatever percentage the team's coach deems necessary. It sounds like Colby Bortles doesn't have a full ride, so whatever assistance his brother can provide surely will be welcomed.

And appreciated, especially since Colby credits his brother with his baseball success today.

"I was the kid that sat around all the time,'' Colby Bortles said in an Orlando Sentinel story published in April 2013. "He would make me come outside and play with him. If I didn't have him pushing me, I wouldn't be where I am today."

 
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