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Chargers waive Younghoe Koo, our favorite NFL kicker


The Chargers announced Thursday that the team has waived kicker Younghoe Koo. We’re very sorry about this turn of events, because he was our favorite NFL kicker.

It was impossible to not root for Koo. The Korean-born kicker never even saw a football until he moved to the United States at age 12. He was one of the best kickers in college football last year, converting 19 of 20 field goal attempts for Georgia Southern in 2016.

While the rule aimed to prevent athletes from cutting classes and leaving school just before the finish line to practice with their new NFL squads, it often punished rookies who weren’t even enrolled and forced them to deal with a sharper learning curve. So while it had good intentions, it was definitely time for the NFL to dump the rule.

Whether or not it will be scrapped entirely remains to be seen, but it will presumably be tweaked to avoid keeping players away from their team facilities unnecessarily.

In particular, players from schools on quarter systems — including a few college powers like UCLA, Stanford, and Oregon — were forced to stay away from their new professional homes until after final exams, whether they were enrolled or not.

Among those who missed offseason practices in 2017 were San Francisco 49ers defensive end Solomon Thomas and Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey — a pair of top-10 picks from Stanford.

“He’s been doing that work for years now,” Sherman said of Baldwin (via ESPN.com), “meeting with police and trying to work to change, and I think that’s what gets missed sometimes with players, because they’re like, ‘Oh, stick to sports, stick to this.’ And a lot of people have used the phrase like ‘privileged athletes.’ ‘Oh, these privileged athletes, you guys are rich millionaires.’
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