I was thinking for many of the players – especially the rookies they were considered to be the best players on their high school – maybe in the history of their high school – probably the best player in their conference. They were the center of attention and were considered important to their school and if they came from a small community – important to the whole town. Then off to college where – again depending upon where they played ball – the best player on the field – or at least one of the best – again given attention and accolades. I am assuming for many of these players this is the first time where they have to consider that they may not be special – they may not be the best player at their position let alone the team. How hard must it be to have to consider failing at something that may have been taken for granted?
Something I have never seen reported is what percentage of the players have their college degrees/advanced college degrees. Are there any studies that look for a correlation between degree completion and team success – or individual success? How many of the pro-bowl players have a college education? Are there trends by position? We all know that the sport is physical and every team looks for the biggest and strongest; the quickest and fastest but doesn't a smart player of equal or near equal skill-set have an advantage? Is there no correlation between football smarts and general intelligence? I also know that players without a degree may be as smart or smarter than anyone on the team. However a degree does represent planning and an approach that would demonstrate that they possess a level of maturity and also shows a player is “teachable.”
Anyway it is a rainy Saturday and I can't do my yard work so I sit with a a Yazoo Spring Wheat - anyone else want to comment – about football – smarts - or recommend a beer?