Eye of the Hurricane

February 8, 2009

In response to the A-ROD/Phelps blog: athletes as role models

Filed under: Uncategorized — sturner11 @ 10:10 pm

I think the spotlight these athletes receive does just what the name implies; it shines a bright light on them to expose and reveal their character.

Some athletes do just enough to stay out of trouble, some genuinely go out of their way to make a difference in their community and be role models, and others can’t seem to stay out of trouble.

Others just make mistakes.

It’s impossible to require an athlete to be a role model if that individual wouldn’t behave in such a manner in the first place.

I don’t think athletes should be held to any higher or lower standards then we, as a society, hold anyone else. They shouldn’t be excused for their actions just because they can throw, catch, kick, or shoot a ball with superhuman skill.Their above average talent, however, does not allow for us to expect them to be above average people.

I was watching ESPN one day and one of the athletes being interviewed, I can’t remember who, said something that resonated with me. He said that people are wrong when they say money changes a person. Money and fame don’t change you, they just make you more of who you already were.

I couldn’t agree more.

Athletes are just human beings on a grander stage than the everyday life we are exposed to, but regardless they are a representative sample of the human race.

There will always be the jerks, the troublemakers, the philanthropists, and the average joes who just mess up occasionally.

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