Give Florida QB Luke Del Rio this much credit — he’s not afraid to speak his mind.
The Gators signal caller, who already had his Twitter account scrutinized this season, fired off a couple of tweets on Monday aimed at college football fans who don’t share his opinion on the topic of the day.
The college football world has been abuzz about Stanford RB Christian McCaffrey’s decision to forgo an opportunity to play in the Sun Bowl so he can begin focusing on his pro career. Coming in the aftermath of LSU RB Leonard Fournette’s decision to pull out of the Citrus Bowl for similar reasons, it appears to have signaled a new trend for highly-coveted NFL prospects.
Del Rio, who has a unique perspective on the situation as the son of NFL head coach Jack Del Rio, came out in support of the decisions from Fournette and McCaffrey. He also called college football fans who disagreed (and giving the players a hard time in a process) “clowns” in the tweet:
While Del Rio may have some validity to his argument, he’s not likely to win over anyone who disagrees with him by name-calling on Twitter.
It will be interesting to see if the NCAA takes any steps toward curbing this trend in future seasons. Not all highly-coveted NFL draft options are choosing to sit bowl games out. Projected No. 1 overall pick Myles Garrett expressed his desire to play in what is expected to be his final game with Texas A&M in the Texas Bowl.