Not long after former Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater gave his mother a Cadillac, former Central Florida quarterback Blake Bortles said he wanted to do something for a family member too.
Bortles, who is expected to be a first-round pick in the NFL draft, which begins Thursday night, wants to pay for his brother's schooling at Ole Miss when he signs his NFL contract.
"Those baseball scholarships are funky," Bortles said Wednesday when speaking to Mike Bianchi of the Orlando Sentinel "So the first big thing I'm going to pay for is the rest of my brother's college education."
His brother, Colby, is a freshman on the Ole Miss baseball team. He's only on a partial scholarship, and as an out-of-state student, he's got a fair amount of cash remaining to pay off on the scholarship. That becomes a lot easier when your brother signs a multi-million dollar NFL contract.
Despite leaving Central Florida with a year of eligibility remaining, Bortles redshirted as a freshman and completed his degree this spring. He didn't participate in graduation ceremonies last week because he was watching Colby play baseball with his family.
Bortles' situation is the best of both worlds too. Not only is he able to leave school early to capitalize on his earning potential in the NFL, he's also leaving with a degree in hand. That way, if the NFL doesn't work out, he doesn't have to go back to school to get his degree. And perhaps most importantly, he's going to use the money he's set to earn to pay it forward.
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