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I Disagree with College Requirements for Professional Sports

I’m old enough to remember when college kids could go straight to the pros. It was something special to see kids from our high school team go to the NBA or MLB.

For me, I had a chance to play soccer at a high level. Although I didn’t need to go to college, the professional team that wanted to sign me suggested it would be a good idea to get more experience before coming into the fold.

Seven days into my college season, I injured my knee to the point where I could never play the game again.

We’ve only got one shot at this payday. Athletes can always go back to get a degree. I say we should let them play.

What About the New NIL Requirements?

NIL stands for “name, image, and likeness.” It’s a way for college athletes to start making some cash, like when a video game wants to use their information.

The problem with NIL is that you’ve got to be something special to get any attention. Is this a fair system? Do you think the walk-on kicker from Nowhere USA will get an opportunity to make cash this way?

I get that we don’t want some kid to come to the pros, have a spoiled attitude, and make things uncomfortable to watch. How did the Ball kids get better by skipping a year before hitting the pro circuit? 

The college requirements need to go. We don’t have them for other careers. If you can do the job, you should get the chance to prove yourself. Of course, there are those who would disagree with me about young rising athletes and their role in sports.