February 2, 2012 Leave a Comment
As many college football fans know, today was the day for top high school prospects to sign their letter of intent to the college of their choice.
It is an exciting day for the players and the fans of these college programs.
You get to see which top athletes are coming to your school and bringing hopeful fame to your football program.
However, I have one big problem with this day.
Am I the only one who thinks it is absolutely ridiculous that these kids are treated like rock stars about their decision?
On ESPNU, it was literally on all day. Televising high school athletes committing to a college? I find this so stupid. Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy for the player, their families, the fans, and the football programs for getting their guy, but all this media coverage being given to these young athletes who have done NOTHING of importance on the Division I or NFL level is a waste of time and it corrupts the athletes.
All this media coverage to an 18-year-old?
Everyone in the school throws a pep rally for the top athlete as if he is a GOD. Calm down. The guy plays a sport really well; he’s not raising people from the dead.
What about the kids with the 4.0 GPA’s going to study medicine?
Where is their pep rally?
Maybe if ESPN was not covering these kids from their junior/senior year of high school we could have more maturity in our athletes and a better grasp of what is important in our society.
I love football. I am true believer in the game and its impact on people’s lives. That being said, covering these kids from their junior/senior year in HIGH SCHOOL is just stupid. Anyone can be great in high school. You can draw my attention when I see you tearing it up on the college or pro level.
It is embarrassing to see how much media coverage is given to this and how the media makes these 18 year olds feel like pro athletes.
YOU ARE NOT PROFESSIONALS, YOU ARE ACTUALLY JUST GETTING INTO COLLEGE.
Let’s try to keep things in perspective.
I am happy for everyone involved in this day; there is just way too much coverage being given to it.
JUST PLAY FOOTBALL.