What a crock! I am once again hit with the shallowness of our system. The one that makes such a huge deal out of where Mr. High School Letterman in football is going for college. Who cares?
Because some kid is able to hang onto a ball, and has beefed himself up to gargantuan proportions physically, why do they get free rides to college? It's such a big deal, oh which one of the many schools vying for me will get me? I can run and hold a ball at the same time - ug wump.
What about the kids who are merit scholars in math? Or the kid who is an English wiz, and can write a poem to make your heart ache? And the kid who is able to play the trumpet and can make history come alive? Or the one who loves chemistry and can synthsize proteins to beat the band? That one might find the cure for cancer, who knows.... These kids are just as deserving of the hoopla that surrounds the jock who can run and throw. But it seems that the media and our culture only reward the football hero. We never hear about any of the others.
And how about that kid, who doesn't do any of these things that well, but stays in school, gets decent grades, doesn't cause trouble, and is average normal, good kid. Where are the signing parties for them?
Every year it's the same, the football heros making their big decisions, being shown on signing day with their folks and the college's representative - signing a contract to play a game, a GAME for God's sake, being treated like they are royalty, and getting their education paid for, to boot. Makes me sick.