Does ”Student Athlete” Actually Mean What it Says?

Does ”Student Athlete” Actually Mean What it Says?
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    With the latest hot subject coming from the UCLA football wizard Josh Rosen about the idea that "football and school don't go together", everyone now puts some serious thought into what it actually means to be a student athlete, and whether or not this is a realistic matter...

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With the latest hot subject coming from the UCLA football wizard Josh Rosen about the idea that “football and school don’t go together”, everyone now puts some serious thought into what it actually means to be a student athlete and whether or not this is a realistic matter.

Play football or play school?

Being a student athlete implies that you have to maintain an impossible life rhythm which consists of training hours and studying hours in order to see your dreams come true, like being eligible or accepted into the NFL. Literally, it means having two full-time jobs, as the quarterback star Rosen said in a recent interview for the Bleacher Report. Most of the time though, the athletes focus on training hours rather than keeping a balance between school and sport. The reason for that is simply because this is the main requirement for becoming a pro: investing all your time and energy into practice.

The dream deal

Presumably, the deal is simple: if you accept a university sports program, you are entitled to high-quality free education as long as you offer your strength, talent, and mindset into becoming a great athlete, eligible for the NFL. It is a matter of choice and most young student athletes want to play in Ivy League teams anyway and follow their path towards the NFL. But how many of them actually get to see their dream come true? Not more than 1.5 percent of all the young men currently playing in the college football first Division. This is an information coming from the NCAA itself (see the report: http://www.ncaa.org/about/resources/research/estimated-probability-competing-professional-athletics) So what happens to all the rest?

Getting ready for life after football

Universities should be able to create ways for them to actually graduate and prepare them for life and a proper job outside the football arena. People say it’s a piece of cake to graduate in some schools or that some programs are more easy to attain that an actual Economics MBA, for example. Some even say that there are student athletes who successfully play their entire careers without having been to one class.

But a lot of these men don’t know what to do if they don’t succeed in their football careers. Because time ran out while practicing and education took second place. In other words, getting an idea of what you should do in life, what are your abilities apart from being extraordinary on the football field, what you should graduate from in order to be in control of your life, all these come second in probably the most important growing years: college years.

The student before the athlete, the athlete before anything else or the balance between the two? For decades this has been a difficult debate and the lives of many young student athletes depend on it. For the moment, too much money is going on in the field to see things clearly.

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