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Players have to know when to hang it up
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RE: Players have to know when to hang it up
Most D1 college athletes have been playing sports competitively their whole lives, and were dominating through high school. Many of their parents were passionate about the kids sports prowess, and too often the kid and his clan are "all-in" on the sports thing, which leads to less emphasis on things like a non-athletic career after graduation. WMU has a lot of great athletes who were even better students, and went on to tremendous success in non-athletic professional careers. But of course there are a ton of stories at every D1 school of athletes having nothing to go to after the playing career ends. Some of them land in secondary professional sports leagues, and more end up tending bar or working at Walmart. Frankly the story is even more common in high school, where the kid and his parents think for sure he is a D1 level player, when in fact he may be lucky to make a JC team. My son played baseball and basketball with several kids who were no better than he was, or at best perhaps marginally better, but the family just KNEW he would be playing at Michigan or MSU in a few years. Kids were not bad students, but never motivated enough to work too hard academically, as they were "ath-O-letes", and would end up with "scholies" regardless. Well, not so much. I am glad my kid never got too full of himself (his mothers humility) and knew there were more scholarships in academics than athletics. Point being, kids who identify as athletes their whole lives dont really think about much else, and thus hang on too long.
02-14-2018 09:53 AM
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