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This essay discusses why athletes enter the pros early The Lure of Professional Leagues In the past few years a great number of college athletes have been leaving school early to enter into the professional leagues Some athletes are even skipping college and going pro straight out of high school Many people ask what is causing these athletes to turn professional so early I believe there are three reasons for their decision The first factor that causes students to enter the professional leagues early is simply money These athletes are still just kids If a kid has ten to twenty million dollars waved in his face he is more than likely going to take it without thinking about the consequences The majority of adults would jump at that chance College athletes constantly see the professional stars doing endorsements on television and being driven around in limousines College athletes arent allowed to do endorsements or promote anything although the publicity they generate makes money for the university Many of these athletes come from low socioeconomic backgrounds and are not used to having money Some are even having to support their own parents and siblings These athletes cannot afford to turn down the money The second cause for students leaving college early is fame Many athletes are well- known in college but nothing like the athletes who are the professional leagues Look at Emmit Smith the running back for the Dallas Cowboys A person cannot go into a mall in America where his jersey is not sold Both little children and some adults worship him Professional athletes are even making their own movies now What other profession can a nineteen or twenty year old be paid millions to play a game and have a movie career on the side The lure of this stardom usually takes the place of finishing ones education Finally the risk of injury plays a big factor in the
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