As an offensive lineman, Frank Loyd Jr.’s value was his intelligence, versatility and intelligence that allowed him to be versatile.
He could play both tackle and both guard positions. But he also knew the center’s assignments, and he was willing to be a long-snapper.
The past year, Loyd earned a degree in business management and finance. He then received an offer to work for a financial company. He also received an offer to be a graduate assistant for the state-of-the-art Warrior Recreation Center. And, of course, he had an open invitation to participate in UH’s pro day.
To outsiders’ surprise, Loyd chose the GA offer. That meant turning down an opportunity to work in his studied field. That meant, effectively, ending his football career. But Loyd, who acts rather than reacts, did what he does best: He expanded his options. At the center, he can develop management and leadership skills. He also can continue to receive a free education. Perhaps he can pursue an MBA; perhaps he can apply for law school.
There are studies that show that an advanced degree will greatly enhance a person’s lifetime income. Student loans, of course, will offset those gains. But Loyd, who was on scholarship during his UH football career, does not have any school-related debt.
It’s difficult when the game ends. But it is better when it is the player who gets to make the decision.