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Kayvon Thibodeaux Says Alabama Education “Stigmatism” Made Him Choose Oregon Over Crimson Tide

Kayvon Thibodeaux Says Alabama Education "Stigmatism" Made Him Choose Oregon Over Crimson Tide

Kayvon Thibodeaux is a future millionaire, one of the top-rated prospects in the 2022 NFL Draft and many expect many to not fall lower than the second pick (if he isn’t taken first in the General classification).

When NFL commissioner Roger Goodell calls Thibodeaux’s name at the end of April, he will follow him with “defensive end, Oregon.” Thibodeaux ultimately chose the Ducks when there was no shortage of options or offers. This includes Alabama and Nick Saban.

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Thibodeaux – speaking with Fox College Football’s Joel Klatt during the college football playoff championship game on Monday – revealed the deciding factor that led him to attend school in Oregon: the “stigmatism” of an education in Alabama .

“Do you know the stigmatism of education in Alabama? He asked Klatt. “It’s not the west coast.”

Thibodeaux, of course, meant “stigma” instead of “stigmatism”. The latter is an incorrect coat rack of “stigma” and “astigmatism” (a common imperfection in the curvature of the eye).

His comments – used incorrectly as they were – were prompted by Klatt asking what it was like to be recruited by Saban. Thibodeaux said he doesn’t like the Saban recruiting ground that players want to play when they think they’re ready, as opposed to when Saban think they’re ready. That moment, Thibodeaux said, made him think Alabama wasn’t for him.

Klatt then asked Thibodeaux if he knew that each of Saban’s recruiting classes won a national championship during their time at Tuscaloosa. Thibodeaux replied, “And that’s important. I hope they all still have work and stuff afterwards.”

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Thibodeaux went on to explain his decision to go to Oregon, saying he wanted to make sure he could have a career outside of football once his playing days are over. To that end, aligning with a brand like Nike was also important for his future endeavors outside of football:

“If I gave you a fishing rod, would you know how to use it?” If I never learned (how to fish) or if school was never important to me, or a job or career was never important until I finished playing football , how could I ever know how to make a career or a job? I will not do it.

Do you know what I sat down and what I thought about? I sat down and said which world do I want to be a part of? I said if I go to Alabama I’m going to win national championships, literally. But do I want to be a guy who is known as a national championship winner or do I want to be a guy who is known for being part of the biggest organization in the world?

What people don’t realize is that football is an American sport. So no matter how awesome Alabama is, you only play football in America, Canada, and a few other places. But a brand like Nike, I mean, to me it was like what brand associations do I want to be related to? For me, I already hate the stigma of football players being silly jocks. Do you know the stigmatism of education in Alabama? It is not the west coast. It’s not Harvard. “

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Thibodeaux is credited with 123 tackles, 35.5 tackles for loss, 19 sacks, seven defensive passes and three forced fumbles in three years at Oregon.

Here are his comments, in full:

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