As a freshman student-athlete at Ohio State, Cardale Jones didn’t see the value in Buckeye academics.
But with the benefit of hindsight, the older and wiser Buffalo Bills backup QB can now poke fun at his former foolishness as a self-deprecating college graduate.
In 2012, Jones voiced his displeasure with the part of college football that included, well, college.
“Why should we have to go to class if we came here to play FOOTBALL, we ain’t come to play SCHOOL classes are POINTLESS,” he tweeted.
On Sunday, the 24-year-old, who was drafted by the Bills in the fourth round of last year’s NFL draft following three seasons with the Buckeyes, shared a photo of himself during graduation weekend. Donning gown and stole, Jones is pictured holding his cap, which on its surface reads: “Sum 1 ONCE SAID “We Ain’t Come Here to Play School.”
Last year, the outspoken Jones also said he was no fan of the NCAA, which he said exploits collegiate athletes.
“I’m so happy to be done with the @NCAA and their rules & regulation,” he tweeted before last year’s draft.
Now with a college diploma, Jones will begin his second NFL season as backup to Tyrod Taylor. The grad appeared in one game last season — the Bills’ Week 17 loss to the Jets — completing six of 11 pass attempts for 96 yards and an interception.