Foul Play Essay

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Foul Play


Foul Play
Dear Members of the Board of the National Collegiate Association of America:
Since the beginning of collegiate athletics, there have been student-athletes whose
actions are considered disproportionately deviant. College athletes have defied the rules
and regulations set forth by the National Collegiate Association of America by such acts
as accepting stipends, committing date rape, abusing drugs, and even committing homicide.
For some reason, college athletes believe they are above the law and should not have to
abide by the same set of rules as a normal student, because of their athletic talent. As a
former NCAA Division II football player, I can attest to the feeling athletes have that
they deserve special treatment because of their status. There are some people who believe
that college athletics is above reproach, but the purpose of this essay is to assert the
statement that college athletics is corrupt.

Year after year, college athletes make the headlines of newspapers and magazines across
the country, not only for their accomplishments on the field, but more for their antics
off the field. College athletes sacrifice their bodies, integrity, and character to gain
an advantage over their opponent. Athletes give up the very things that make them who they
are to feel appreciated by their coaches, teammates, and fans. Players cheat by taking
anabolic steroids and other banned substances that give them a chemically induced physical
advantage (Eitzen 3). Athletes desire to be identified with a team that works and
sacrifices together to reach a common goal. The guestion we should ask ourselves is: Why?
Why do individuals give up so much to be a part of a team? The answer lies within the
organization of how big-time college sport exists. Fans are drawn to big sporting events
such as the Super Bowl and the World Series. College athletes want to be in that
spotlight, and they sacrifice everything to gain that status. Fans are consumed by sports.
USA Today, the most widely read newspaper in the United States, devotes one-fourth of its
space to sport (14). Fans know every detail about their beloved sports team. Not only the
latest box scores, but also the win-loss record, point spread, current statistics,
play-off probabilities, and biographical information about athletes and coaches (16).
College sports appeal to the general public, young and old.

At a very young age, aspiring college athletes are taught the principles of sport and how
much winning really means. Young athletes are told to sell out every play, every day, and
every way. One such instance involves a football team composed of fifth-graders, that were
shunned upon after losing the championship game. At a banquet following the season, each
player received a plaque on which was inscribed a quote by Vince Lombardi, the infamous
coach of the Green Bay Packers: "There is no room for second place. I have finished second
twice before and I never want to finish second again. There is a second place bowl game
but it is a game for losers played by losers. It is and always has been an American zeal
to be first in anything we do and to win and to win and to win," (Klatell, and Marcus
136). Another phrase often used to arouse athletes is: "Good, Better, Best, never let it
rest; until your good is better than best," (Eitzen 134). This thought process which is
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