That an established college football star like UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley has secured an insurance policy to protect against injury is no surprise. It's standard procedure for college stars who appear within close reach of the NFL draft; Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston and Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota have done the same.
It's far less common, however, for a player do so after his freshman season.
"I just want to protect myself," said Jack, according to latimes.com. "I don't worry about injuries. It doesn't faze me. But it's like protecting a car. You want to be safe. Anything can happen."
Jack burst onto the college football scene last year as the game's most dynamic two-way player, splitting time at linebacker and running back while excelling at both. His policy is worth $5 million, although he still won't be eligible for the NFL draft until 2016 or 2017, depending on when he chooses to pursue a pro career.
This fall, Jack is expected to be used only at linebacker, where he made 75 tackles and broke up a team-high 11 passes last year. Hundley reportedly declined to sign up for injury insurance last year, but Jack isn't waiting. And while its premature to presume NFL success for any college player so young, it's not premature for Jack to recognize his potential in the sport.
And protect it.