In today’s digital media world, it’s tough to find an athlete who will be brutally honest about anything. That wasn’t the case for UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen on Tuesday.
Rosen had a lot to say about football, secondary education, and student-athletes in an interview with Bleacher Report’s Matt Hayes. During the interview, the UCLA signal caller made a few remarks about former Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson.
First, Rosen claimed that “football and school don’t go together,” and if an athlete tries his hardest to earn a good education, he’s taking time away from football. Hayes then asked how Watson and his roommate, Artavis Scott, were able to graduate in three years at Clemson.
Here is Rosen’s response and the follow-up question and answer:
Rosen: I’m not knocking what those guys accomplished. They should be applauded for that. But certain schools are easier than others.
B/R: It can’t be that simple.
Rosen: If I wanted to graduate in three years, I’d just get a sociology degree. I want to get my MBA. I want to create my own business. When I’m finished with football, I want a seamless transition to life and work and what I’ve dreamed about doing all my life. I want to own the world. Every young person should be able to have that dream and the ability to access it. I don’t think that’s too much to ask.
While Rosen did commend the Clemson players for their accomplishments, his comment can be taken as a backhanded compliment. The Clemson players had every right to choose an “easier” field if it interested them. Watson and Scott both graduated with communications degrees.
There is some truth to what Rosen said. Many degrees are easier to obtain than, say, the aerospace engineering degree Tennessee quarterback Josh Dobbs earned this past spring. Comparing a communications degree to Dobbs’ choice of study isn’t apples versus oranges — it’s apples versus orange juice.
Rosen probably didn’t mean to suggest that Watson’s degree was easier, but in a way, he did. The UCLA quarterback probably won’t be so brutally honest in his next interview.