Much discussion and opinions have been given since our story last night regarding Rashad Weaver’s reported decision to sit out Pitt’s finale against Georgia Tech in order to not risk injuring himself.
Following his outstanding senior season in which he’s a semifinalist for the Bednarik Award and has positioned himself well to be a high draft pick in the 2021 NFL, Weaver does not want to risk suffering an injury that would impact his future. Weaver was able to return after suffering a knee injury last season on a non-contract play during training camp.
Not surprisingly, the reaction from most fans has been in complete support of Weaver.
Best of luck to Rashad. Always represented Pitt well. I’m excited to see him playing on Sundays. H2P!
— Allen Lopus (@ALoBeadling13) December 8, 2020
He gains nothing by playing in Georgia Tech game, but potentially an injury that could affect where he's drafted. It's not for everyone to like or agree with. It's for him, his family & team to have an understanding on. By all accounts, they do.
— SLD (@ShawnD828) December 8, 2020
Would’ve liked to see him play vs GT and pad his stats a bit for trophy season but I get it. Should not last past the 2nd round as long as all his medicals are good. All American type season now time to get paid 💰 https://t.co/IYgYTHtZH6
— M. Klam (@TheKlamChowder) December 8, 2020
— YB (@ajpiupking) December 8, 2020
Maybe I'm old school, but I don't think it's ok to quit on your team during the season. I was raised always finish what you have started.
— Tim Terry Sr. (@Dawgspgh45) December 8, 2020
Really don’t like the wording of this. Clearly he finishes the season if the GT game isn’t rescheduled. Good for Rashad! https://t.co/Wwf7G6QJtx
— Christopher Wolfe (@cwolfe21) December 8, 2020
Disappointed he and others turned their backs on their teammates but that’s college football in 2020. In Weaver’s case it’s more understandable given he had a serious knee injury last year. Why risk another when you’re about to get paid?
— Steve Borza (@BorzaSteve) December 8, 2020
“Bad break happens,” says guy who has never been in a position to personally lose millions of dollars hinging on one meaningless football game
And yes the game is meaningless. Winning is just for pride. So many bowls have been cancelled that even with 6 wins they may not get one
— Ryan Schaitkin (@rpschaitkin) December 8, 2020
Best Pitt DE since Doleman don't @ me #H2P
— x – League Winners Viper 🏆 (@Spina13Colada) December 8, 2020
The guy missed all of last year due to an injury now he has the chance to move on be a potential first rounder instead of risk playing in a ga tech game, a crappy bowl, during the weirdest year. It’s safe to say this is a good decision.
— Chris Hartland (@catfish9er) December 8, 2020
Go get the money. Nothing wrong with missing one game. https://t.co/0jyYXnzeLI
— Fifth Quarter 🐆Pitt🐆 (@FQPitt) December 8, 2020
Smart idea. Now some of the young guys like Hayes can get some game reps. https://t.co/iq1JCrKiFP
— Nate Bowser (@nateb42) December 8, 2020
Good for him. He's been through a lot, time to get paid! https://t.co/TEPuez3R0v
— Kevin Reitmeyer (@KevinReitmeyer) December 8, 2020
If the GT game hadn’t been rescheduled, he would’ve played the entire season. It’s fair to assume that the plan all along was to finish season, take finals, and train for the NFL.
Weaver has been a model student and player, always representing Pitt with class. Go make your 💰 https://t.co/YxaVX0Mr5X
— Carlo Veltri (@vetchy119) December 8, 2020
Secure that 💰💰💰 https://t.co/VPtRH3CbC3
— Cory Kinsinger (@CoryKinsinger) December 8, 2020
Smart I believe this will be the new normal no need to play in meaningless games at Pitt once the money is locked in!
— Social_Distancing_Pitt_Fan (@ITellTheTruth03) December 8, 2020
Good for him. Time to get paid https://t.co/s41TTcMIhz
— Chas Frazier (@frazmoney93) December 8, 2020
Good for him https://t.co/qq1HVq44Ch
— Jonathan Cook (@Cookieshalom44) December 8, 2020