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Foul Play Dear Members of the Board of the National Collegiate Association of America Since the beginning of collegiate athletics there have been student-athletes whose actions are considered disproportionately deviant College athletes have defied the rules and regulations set forth by the National Collegiate Association of America by such acts as accepting stipends committing date rape abusing drugs and even committing homicide For some reason college athletes believe they are above the law and should not have to abide by the same set of rules as a normal student because of their athletic talent As a former NCAA Division II football player I can attest to the feeling athletes have that they deserve special treatment because of their status There are some people who believe that college athletics is above reproach but the purpose of this essay is to assert the statement that college athletics is corrupt Year after year college athletes make the headlines of newspapers and magazines across the country not only for their accomplishments on the field but more for their antics off the field College athletes sacrifice their bodies integrity and character to gain an advantage over their opponent Athletes give up the very things that make them who they are to feel appreciated by their coaches teammates and fans Players cheat by taking anabolic steroids and other banned substances that give them a chemically induced physical advantage Eitzen 3 Athletes desire to be identified with a team that works and sacrifices together to reach a common goal The guestion we should ask ourselves is Why Why do individuals give up so much to be a part of a team The answer lies within the organization of how big-time college sport exists Fans are drawn to big sporting events such as the Super Bowl and the World Series College athletes want to be in that spotlight and they sacrifice everything to gain that status Fans are consumed by sports USA Today
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