Number 1 recruit and star DE Jadeveon Clowney decided today he will be attending college at the University of South Carolina. The announcement was televised on ESPN. Am I the only one that thinks these college announcements are going a little too far?
Where a person went to college used to be a thing that was a great accomplishment as well as a joyous occasion. Now, it seems like there is more of a show than a decision. The focus needs to go back more to the idea of a young person attending college to develop and less on the athletic exploits of that person. We as a society are growing more and more into the era where the brains or thoughts of the accomplishment of college seems like they are just speed bumps or things that are holding people back from future success.
The media is mostly to blame. This monster isn't going to calm down anytime soon. The only way these things calm down are when we as a society start accentuating the mental, societal and collegiate accomplishments in the classroom more than the athletic exploits of a young man or woman. Unfortunately, I don't think that will happen anytime soon, but parents must start to instill more of the development of a whole person instead of just developing the athletic abilities of their child. That's how change is made in America.
Instead of trying to groom the next Peyton Manning, LeBron James or Candace Parker, we as a society need to help our kids understand that there's nothing wrong with using your athletic ability to get you into college to become a doctor, a lawyer or something like that. Being a professional athlete shouldn't be the top goal. Being a productive member of society should be. As a kid growing up, I thought I needed to be that top athlete and make it into the pros to be successful. But as a grew older and wiser I began to understand what my dad told me about athletics. My dad used to tell me that my athletic ability is a vehicle you can use to get to college and be successful and get a degree. And because of that advice, I'm forever grateful because it wasn't the end of the world when I didn't make it to the pros because I was afforded the opportunity to get a degree and set a foundation for future success. More advice like my dad gave me should be passed on more in society.