Why athletes should have to go to college


There are many reasons why it is mandatory for athletes to go to college for at least a year; however, many do not believe this rule should continue. Many think the fact that athletes have to go to college is arbitrary now that they can receive NIL deals and make money in college. This makes the rule even more of a necessity though.

Going to college allows athletes to receive at least a general education. This aspect is crucial to an athlete’s future as many athletes find themselves being taken advantage of when they make it big.

Something else easily preventable with education is the mishandling of their money. Learning to be responsible with money is a big deal. There are too many stories of athletes who made millions but went bankrupt and flat broke just a few short years later. For example, Mike Tyson won multiple championships and made a large amount of money in the sport of boxing only to lose most of it later on. And guess what, he did not go to college.

The other important aspect of college is becoming a well-rounded citizen and role model. It is undeniable that going to college increases your intelligence. These athletes are still members of society and will vote and make decisions just like any other person. They will not be athletes forever, and college knowledge will prove useful later on in life.

These athletes also have a major influence on their fans. If athletes are not educated as best as possible, some could fall into a sphere where their influence impacts kids negatively. An example of this would be Henry Ruggs the 3rd. He was an excellent receiver in the NFL and was recently convicted of a DUI resulting in someone’s death. What kind of example does this set? Now, he did go to college, so obviously that does not prevent everything, but it certainly helps.

There is also the possibility that these individuals do not make it big. Whether it be injuries or simply they did not make the cut, not everyone makes it. And if they do not, a college education would be essential for them to still have a successful life outside of sports.

At the end of the day, attending college is for development. Coming out of high school, most athletes simply are not developed mentally or physically to skip that college step and go straight to the professional ranks. Playing at the collegiate level solves that problem, preparing by establishing a work ethic and attempting to keep them out of trouble, improving both their games and chances to succeed in life.