Eight Years Ago, Mel Kiper Said He’d Retire In 2018 If Jimmy Clausen Wasn’t A Successful NFL QB

On April 19th, 2010, ESPN’s draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. made a bold statement to his colleague Todd McShay in regards to Notre Dame QB Jimmy Clausen.

He was so confident that Clausen would become the next great franchise quarterback, he wagered his job on it.

Hat tip to Awful Announcing for digging this up:


“If Jimmy Clausen is not a successful quarterback in the NFL, I’m done. That’s it. I’m out.”

McShay asked the following question: “What is your time frame, Mel? When do we make that assessment?”

Kiper answered “I want eight years.”

McShay countered, “It will only take three years, Mel. We can tell inside three years.”

Kiper replied, “I want eight.”

Well, we are three months away from the eight year anniversary of Kiper’s bold statement and Clausen is everything but a successful quarterback.

Clausen played 22 games in the NFL and had a overall record of 1-13, throwing 7 touchdowns and 14 interceptions.

He was drafted in the second round by the Carolina Panthers and played there for three seasons from 2010 to 2013 before signing with the Chicago Bears in 2014. He was waived a year later and was claimed by the Baltimore Ravens and spent 2015 there.

He’s been out of the league since.

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