I agree. I have two sons who play high school basketball and they're thoughts are on becoming NBA players in the future. Although they play good basketball, my wife and I always stress academics as the real focus while they're in school. As you mentioned its quite difficult to become a pro athlete because of the strong competition among players. Therefore, chosing a career as a doctor, lawyer, or engineer is easily obtainable than becoming an athlete and can provide a comfortable lifestyle as well. As the slides depict, these remarkable athletes and cheerleaders have an engineering career to fall back on which truly makes them superstars in sports.
Any student on an athletic career path would be wise to get a backup professional education. A very small percentage makes it into pro sports due to an extremely wide variety obstacles. There are far more positions available for engineers, doctors, accountants, and lawyers than there are professional for professional sports players.
Chuck, as the last slide mentions, many engineers don't fit the mold. It is a very interesting slide show. When I was at the University of Maryland in the 1970s I remember meeting the quarterback of the team who, I was told, was a Rhodes Scholar.
While many of these people do not "fit the mold", I did experinece a situation where you could tell who did what based on their looks. In the 1980s I was working on a large Army project. There the officers did look (had a body type) that matched their profession. The engineers we generally smaller and often wore glasses. I wonder if that was a part of the screening process.
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