ESPN analyst Greg McElroy wants to fight future first-round draft pick Kayvon Thibodeaux, but not in the traditional sense. The former national champion Alabama quarterback has issued a challenge to the Oregon defensive end who took a shot at the value of an Alabama education during an interview with Fox Sports analyst Joel Klatt.
During the interview with Klatt, Thibodeaux explained why he chose the Ducks over Alabama.
“I already hate the stigmatism of football players being dumb jocks,” Thibodeaux told Klatt. “So now, do you know the stigmatism of Alabama education? It ain’t the West Coast. It ain’t Harvard.
“If I would have went to Alabama … I don’t know if my degree would mean anything,” Thibodeaux added.
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And there was ZERO chance McElroy was letting that go without a response Thursday during his “McElroy and [Cole] Cubelic In The Morning” radio show.
“I just take real personal offense, man,” McElroy said. “I genuinely do. I don’t care. Don’t come. If you think so little of us, don’t come. Fine by me, because I know the people that live in this state. I chose Alabama because I love Alabama. … If you don’t want to see Alabama for the greatness it can potentially provide you, it’s on you. You’re missing out.”
And McElroy jumped all over Thibodeaux for using “stigmatism” instead of “stigma” when he was trying to rip on Alabama for its level of education.
“He says he doesn’t like the stigma that athletes are dumb jocks, and yet, he sounds like a dumb jock,” McElroy noted.
The Bama legend couldn’t understand what was in it for Thibodeaux to rip the school, but he didn’t hesitate to challenge the soon-to-be multi-millionaire in a battle of wits.
“And as someone who has always taken his academic situation very seriously, I’ll just come at him with this — if he’d like to take an IQ test, I’m available. If he’d like to take the Wonderlic test, I’m available. As a proud graduate with multiple degrees from Alabama, I will put my degree up against his any day of the week.”
Hell yeah, fellas, let’s have ourselves a little Battle of the Brains here. Let’s get it on. I’m ready for a Wonderlic-off.
Battle of the Brains…McElroy vs. Thibodeaux:
McElroy: Rhodes Scholarship finalist in 2010; multiple degrees from Alabama; received college offers from Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Duke, Stanford, Northwestern and Vanderbilt
Thibodeaux: Told ESPN in October that he wants to open a charter school like Lebron; graduated in June 2021 with a broadcast journalism degree with a focus on advertising; minor in sports business; had a 3.8 GPA in high school
While in previous years, we would’ve learned Thibodeaux’s Wonderlic score at the NFL Combine, the league is dropping the test.
“Meet me at the Wonderlic (test),” McElroy continued Thursday. “Meet me there, Kayvon. Come get some. Match my 48 — or 43, whichever one it was.”
Here we go! Let’s get it on!