New England Patriots defensive lineman Ty Warren has decided to skip out on the first wave of voluntary offseason workouts, and the $250,000 bonus that goes with it, in order to take classes and earn his college degree. That’s not chump change that he’s laying on the table, but it’s something that Ty believes is in his and his kids’ best interests.
“I try to put the kids in the best educational system possible and I think there is something to be said for their father, who has been blessed to play in the NFL and do something he’s loved to do, going back and finishing what he started. In the big picture, I think it’s important for me to do what I’m doing. I can sacrifice that bonus for that.”
I don’t think that this is something Bill Belichick will frown upon. Warren is an established veteran with a good work ethic, and he will continue to work out on his own in Texas while he attends classes at Texas A&M. Ty has been a good example for younger players on the field and in the locker room his entire stint thus far in New England and this only cements that. How can you not like a guy like Ty Warren?
He could very easily rest on his laurels and soak up the extra quarter-of-a-million working out in Foxboro. However, he is also looking to the future. There could be a lockout in 2011, and there’s always the, “What am I going to do when I retire from football?” question that all players must face at some point. Warren is hitting it head-on and will be ready to continue in a new career when he does hang up his shoulder pads.
This story hits a special place for for me because I am a teacher and kids need positive stories that show the value of education. This one will be posted in my room tomorrow. Good job, Ty.