Not everybody who plays sports at a high level loves it, but they do it because they are good. They may not love ball, but they play ball because it is a means to a free education, or a six figure check.
Former Baylor offensive lineman Danny Watkins didn't care about the money, and he never cared that much about football.
A first round pick of the Philadelphia Eagles in 2011, Watkins is the subject of this new, solid profile in Peter King's Monday Morning Quarterback. After two-plus seasons, Watkins is out of football. According to the MMQB story, he works as a firefighter north of Dallas. This is what he always wanted to do.
Watkins was a total bust who simply didn't care about ball. The signs of his indifference were there long before the Eagles selected him 23rd overall.
Mac Engel: If you weren't playing football what would you be doing?
Danny Watkins: Back home in Canada working as a firefighter. That's all I ever wanted to do. It's a great job and I worked with the greatest bunch of guys in the world. You'll never find a better bunch of guys.
Props to him for following it.
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