Turk McBride Spends Lockout Finishing Degree From Tennessee

When some athletes leave college to go pro in their sport, they are often just a few credits short of getting their degree. While they could just move on and not worry about it, many spend the offseason back at their college to finish what they started. Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader, for example, has been at Michigan State the last couple summers working toward finishing his degree.

With hockey, the offseason doesn't get interrupted very much, allowing for players to spend a semester at college or something like that. With the NFL, however, there usually is never much extended time to go off and do your own thing. After the end of the season there might be a couple months, but before you know it the offseason conditioning program starts and then OTAs and minicamps are held. Aside from a month off before training camp, NFL players rarely have a ton of extended free time, which is why this offseason has been so unique with the lockout.

Players have done a number of different things to pass the time during the workout, but I can't think of anything much better than Detroit Lions defensive end Turk McBride going back to college. According to the Oakland Press' Paula Pasche, McBride needed 16 credits to earn his degree in sociology from the University of Tennessee, and the lockout allowed him to go back and complete it.

While the lockout has certainly been an overall negative thing, it's nice that McBride has made the most of it.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Pride Of Detroit

You must be a member of Pride Of Detroit to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Pride Of Detroit. You should read them.

Join Pride Of Detroit

You must be a member of Pride Of Detroit to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Pride Of Detroit. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9341_tracker