Army Navy Football players

Discussion in 'Sports' started by Salty, Nov 7, 2011.

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Should waivers be given to military cadets to play in the NFL?

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  1. Salty

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    Extremely very few players from the US Military Academes of West Point and Annapolis and Colardo Springs are ever drafted into the NFL.

    The reason being is that each cadet has a five year commitment to the military following graduation. By that time - the individual is just about too old and / or out of shape for pro bowl.

    Since there is little chance of being drafted serious football players tend not to consider the academies. This in turn lowers the athletic competitiveness of military schools.

    Should the military give a waiver to X number to cadets so they have a shot of being in the NFL.
     
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    Simple answer - No. All students at the military academies are on full scholarship (thanks to you and me). In effect, it is a ivy education with no costs, no loans, etc. The agreement is that in exchange for this, they will serve after graduation.

    PS - Ivies don't provide athletic scholarships and very few ivy athletes make it into the pros as well.
     
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    By allowing x # of players to be drafted would
    1. bring better students to the military
    2. Great PR

    One of the strings to attached would be if a player makes the roster, he would have to repay, say 25-40% of his education, and still full fill his term of service in the Reserves/National Guard
     
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    Personally, I think it would cause far more problems than any potential benefits. Already, the special treatment for athletes -- special meals, tutors, etc. causes problems in other universities - as athletes are treated as demigods on some campuses. Don't want that in our military academies

    Also, if you look at the BCS Top 25, you find two only private universities --- Stanford and Baylor. The rest of them are all large state universities -- OK, LSU, Oregon, Arkansas, etc. Understand that not all draftees are from these programs, but you get the drift.
     

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