But Cox thought it was more important to break curfew with some teammates early in the week prior to the 2010 Cotton Bowl, and then after being punished and warned not to do it again Cox really killed his future earnings.
On New Year's Eve, two nights before the game, and after head coach Mike Gundy had softened the curfew, Cox was close to two hours late. The next day he made national news headlines and the ESPN crawl at the bottom of the screen as Gundy suspended him from playing in the Cotton Bowl against Mississippi, and sent him home.
That started a spiral that also included poor decisions in what he said to the media and to NFL teams, along with some lackluster performances in predraft work including the NFL Combine.
Cox has seemingly taken every bad step he could since that blown curfew in Dallas.
He was selected by the Broncos in the fifth round, and Cox will have a chance to make head coach Josh McDaniel's team. However, the big money has slipped away, and it will take a lot of hard work and achievement in order to gain that type of salary.
An NFL career is only so long and there are only so many years a player can earn a big salary. Perrish Cox has lost money that he can never get back. What a waste and what a shame.