bill-swift - June 26, 2012
The value of an education is something that most people would say you can't put a value on it. Austin Aune, the future QB of the TCU Horned Frogs, was all set to continue on with his education until someone managed to quantify how much it was worth to him--a cool $1 million.
A state high school football champion (he's No 2 in the above video) that threw for over 3,400 yards and 42 touchdowns, the coaches at TCU were eager to get the youngster up to speed so they could work him into the game plan. Aune appeared just as eager; he was already living in the dorms just so he could participate in summer workouts.
Then the New York Yankees came calling. Aune, whom was also a stellar short stop in high school, was drafted by the Yankees with the 89th pick.
It is not unusual for a player to turn down a team that drafts him although it would be unlikely for any player in his right mind to turn down a chance to be a part of the Bronx Bombers. Just to make sure that Aune would not turn them away they made him an offer that no teenager could refuse--a bonus of $1 million.
Hmmm..so lets weigh the options here:
He can always go back to school if baseball doesn't pan out, right?
(Want to see what the Yankees paid a million bucks for?)