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One measure of greatness is years between first & last major. Jack is the standard, of course, at 24. But Ernie Els, at 18, is pretty close.
Relations between the NFL and the union are so bad the sides can't even agree on the metrics for setting average career lengths.
The NCAA is going to handle stuff that matters? Awesome. Keep doing it and quit acting like a kid commits murder if he sells a jersey.
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