“Who advised 17 for Bama to play?” Ramsey said in a tweet. “Whoever it is definitely doesn’t have his best interest at heart. As a competitor, I understand why he would want to play, but no way he should be out there with the future he has ahead. I hope he can stay safe.”
Added Mahomes, “Respect the heart! But you can’t let that man be out there!”
Even Tennessee Titans star AJ Brown chimed in, writing on his social media page, “Waddle please sit down.”
Waddle is expected to be a possible top-15 pick in April’s NFL draft — which caused star Colts linebacker Darius Leonard to also fire away at ‘Bama, writing, “Cmon nick don’t let Waddle do this, he’s hurt and shouldn’t be out there! Cmon bro! Sometimes you gotta protect players from themselves!”
For Waddle and Bama’s part, the school said the wideout was cleared by doctors to return to football activities with the team last week.
Saban had told ESPN in the leadup to the game the final decision to play would be up to Waddle.