In the end, the money was too good to pass up for Villanova's two-sport standout, Matt Szczur.
On Tuesday, Szczur accepted a $1.5 million bonus to remain with the Chicago Cubs organization and walk away from a possible professional football career, according to multiple sources.
The 5-foot-10, 200-pound wide receiver, who was in Florida training for the Senior Bowl, could not be reached for comment Tuesday night. His father, Marc, confirmed the deal in an interview with the Press of Atlantic City.
Selected in the fifth round of June's Major League Baseball draft by the Cubs, the former all-Big East outfielder received a $100,000 signing bonus and played minor-league ball last season. The senior was expected to receive an additional $500,000 for committing completely to the Cubs before February's NFL scouting combine.