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Old 12-17-2004   #21
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By the way, I don't think it's right that athletes get scholarships in the first place. They should just get paid. They bring fans. Pay them. But don't give them a scholarship that belongs to an academic.
Sounds reasonable in theory, but many fail to mention the scholarships are pennies on the dollar that top athletic programs bring to the universities in the way of finances, buildings to house the scholars, etc. Sorry, but those programs aren't that generous, and whatever they are giving out, they are getting back in spades.
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I don't disagree, but a fireman also puts his life on the line every time he steps into a burning building. If the QB makes a few million a year, what's a fireman worth. And, before you answer, yes I understand the reasons why from a purely free enterprise system why it is. But, the inequity between those who entertain us, whether via sports, movies, or song, and teachers, firemen, policemen, and service men and women has always bugged me. In the truest sense, someone is worth whatever they can bring in, and I understand that. My stance is more philospohical in nature.
I can stand to be corrected and encourage anyone that will, please do so. FireFIGHTERS (lol), police officers, and teachers all do tremendous jobs and deserve great salaries for their service. However, the question in all three, is where the funding comes from and how much more can your reasonably expect to get from the sources that their salaries come?
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All of them!

Most of these guys can't walk straight when they get into their middle years and have joint problems for the rest of their lives. Roger Staubach has the creepiest looking hand I've ever seen. One of his fingers was so badly broken it's freaky looking now.

I've always admired any athlete that can get to the top of his profession. That's what I would consider the NFL.
Not all of them are disfigured for life. That's grossly overstated. I have briefly known a couple of former players, and met a couple of others, and seen many interviewed on tv. They look and feel fine. Ever seen a guy who worked in a coal mine for 20 years. All he gets is black lung disease followed by a few years of dying a slow death. Nobody gives him a standing O. Yet, he probably didn't make enough to even leave his kids a decent inheritence. Am I the only one who sees the irony and inequity of any of this.
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I didn't say all of them...I believe I said most. Perhaps I should have said many.

I'm talking about guys like Earl Campbell. Of course many guys get out with their health intact but so many have long term injuries. Like I said to clarify MANY players have problems in their later life. So to me they earn what they make.
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I would say Dunt earns his. Sharper earns his. Payne earns his. Glenn earns his. but the rest seem to be overpaid.
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Jason Simmons is definitely earning his. Good article in the chronicle about him too.
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