I think people are missing a big point with Cardale's return to OSU. Yes, he could always come back and get his degree, but its not the same. My four years at Ohio State were the best four years of my life, I have no doubt about that and I am 27. If I came back in my 30's or 40's, I have a feeling my experience would be quite different. College being experienced as a 22-year old, especially at one of if not the greatest university on the planet, is a once in a lifetime opportunity, just like the NFL. Cardale will still get his shot at the NFL and unlike many are saying, I think his draft stock can increase. The NFL is a monster. The game is different, the attitude is different, the people and the culture are different. One day they love you, the next they are burning your jersey. Cardale Jones' decision to stay at tOSU is bigger than football. The NFL is only about football.
Also, think about what this national championship meant to us and how it felt for us. Imagine how it felt for him. Exponentially better than you and I can even fathom. Why not try to get that feeling again? I would. In my opinion, he made the right decision. Don't grow up too fast, especially when everyone else is telling you to do it. Keep learning, get better, and prove them wrong. The NFL will be there when he's ready and he will do just as great then as he would now, if not better.