UCLA’s Football Superstar Is Not Afraid To Speak His Mind
Josh Rosen is one of the most talented college football players in the country, but he might be just as noteworthy for his outspokenness off the field.
The 6-feet-4-inch, 220-pound UCLA quarterback has the look of a future NFL superstar, but in a sport where coaches seem to want their players to be automatons, Rosen is refreshingly candid.
At age 20, he has spoken out repeatedly against the NCAA’s amateur system, where athletes’ compensation of a college scholarship is vastly outweighed by the hundreds of millions of dollars of revenue that their exploits bring to their university.
He has also criticized the workload schools give student-athletes. “Look, football and school don’t go together,” he told Bleacher Report.
(And to top it off, he posted a selfie on Instagram last year, wearing a “F—k Trump” hat.)
But the only way he could back that up is by being great on the gridiron. Rosen was the Pac-12 Freshman Offensive Player of the Year in 2015, and bounced back from an injury-plagued sophomore season to become one of the nation’s leading quarterbacks — astonishing fans by throwing 491 yards to lead the Bruins to an epic 45–44 comeback victory against Texas A&M in September.
While some prospective NFL coaches have expressed concern about his brashness, Rosen has stuck to his guns. “I am not going to be fake, ” he told Bleacher Report. “I will not be a robot.”