DRAFT DIARIES: "Senioritis" has set in
Leading up to the NFL Draft on April 23-24, projected top 10 pick and Miami Hurricanes cornerback Antrel Rolle will regularly share his inner thoughts as the day of his dreams draws near.
Height: 6-0 1/8
School: Miami (Fla.)
Pos. Ranking: No. 2 among CBs
I've got a severe case of Senioritis.
While daily reports arise of my counterparts working out for NFL teams, I'm actually stuck in an accounting class daydreaming about my future. I won't lie, these are tough times to be a student, knowing the great financial situation that is sitting just a couple of months away. But at the same time, I'm smart enough to know that football isn't forever and finishing my degree is the best way for me to prepare for the outside world.
But sitting through these classes at this point is quite a chore. I dread waking myself up and dragging myself to sit through the hours.
My accounting class in required as I'm finishing a minor in business but even if it wasn't part of the curriculum I still would have taken the course. I would never trust anyone enough besides my parents to deal with my money. I don't want to be in a situation where somebody else is telling me, "This is how much you are getting paid and this is when you are getting paid." I want to ensure that I understand all of my financials independently rather than having to rely just on what someone else says. If you don't see and understand things firsthand, that's when guys can get themselves in a bind.
I know other guys who wait and let others dictate to them with regards to their money. There are other athletes I know of who still give others power of attorney over their money. They just don't know any better.
I guess the rudest awakening is the fact that it's now all about business. It's not about fun and games anymore, but I have to keep it fun regardless. I'll always have passion for the game, I'll always love it. You hear about guys who supposedly loved the game but it changed when it turned into a business. I don't believe that — I don't think those guys ever had the passion from the beginning. I don't think you can lose the passion for the game if you have it the way I do.
My work's not done yet
My schedule has been hectic because after classes in the mornings I'm still working out to make sure I come into minicamp in great shape. Teams have also begun to call to set up visits. I have workouts set up with the 49ers, Miami and Detroit so far.
Luckily, I have a lot of close friends who are in the league and they're helping me prepare for these visits. I had a long talk with (Jets linebacker) Jonathan Vilma the other night about what goes on at these visits and what I should expect. I also get a lot of advice from Ed Reed, D.J. Williams, Reggie Wayne and Santana Moss — who are all getting me in the right frame of mind.
One final note for the week — if anyone is wondering how much I look at the internet to keep track of my stock, sorry to disappoint. I never read things like that. I never look to see if my stock is supposedly rising or falling or where I'm predicted to go. I've done everything I could to put myself in the best situation possible. I laid it on the line so I don't see the point in worrying myself with all the predictions. I can't do anything about it at this point anyway.
I had a good combine, a solid workout ... I'm not a kid who is unprofessional or gets into trouble. I carry myself with respect, so why worry about something that is now out of my control?
Besides, in another month that Senioritis will be cured and I'll know where I'm moving anyway.