Baylor star quarterback Nick Florence chooses MBA over NFL

Baylor Bears quarterback Nick Florence (11) celebrates after a touchdown run during the second half against the UCLA Bruins in the Holiday Bowl at Qualcomm Stadium. Baylor won 49-26. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

Former Baylor players are making some funky (or simply unexpected) employment choices these days. Former star running back Terrence Ganaway is preparing for his second season with the St. Louis Rams by making Jimmy John’s sandwiches, and now 2012’s stud signal-caller Nick Florence has chosen to forgo the NFL altogether.

Prior to last season, Florence had a huge task at hand in replacing one of the greatest players in school history in Robert Griffin III. However, after following up RGIII’s success with an unbelievable year of his own, passing for passing for 4,309 yards and 33 touchdowns, Florence will not follow Griffin to the next level.

According to Bloomberg Businessweek, Florence finished his undergraduate degree in 2011. Instead of going to the NFL, he will continue to pursue his MBA at Baylor’s Hankemer School of Business.

“I’ve decided to hang up my cleats and finish my master’s in December,” Florence told the Waco Tribune. “My wife and I have spent the last one and a half months talking about it, and it all came down to what we wanted in life, and it didn’t include playing football.”

Obviously, any economics study will prove that a draft selection and the hundreds of thousands of dollars coming as a result is the more lucrative choice. However, sometimes even economics needs to take a backseat to player health, happiness and just where the heart is.

“I’m not quite sure what I want to do,” he told the Tribune, “but I want it to be something involving sports and business.”

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