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Not All Jocks are Dumb

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Dennis Grencewicz

on 16 December 2013

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Transcript of Not All Jocks are Dumb

"Dumb Jocks" Are Hard to Come By
The most common misconception is that athletes “get easy breaks” in the admissions process for selective schools like Brown, said Leslie Springmeyer ’12, tri-captain of the field hockey team last season. But she said these accusations are unfounded. “There should be more respect for us – we’re doing all the academic work on top of an extra commitment.” (McDonnell, 1)
Brown has taken a look into this topic and idea and disproved the stereotype, considering their student-athletes had higher test grades and G.P.A.'s through mupltiple PSA's released by the university.
Fighting the Stereotype
College Football: Best and Worst
How it Affects Society
Can effect any athlete who is looked at in a negative light, from football to rowing.
Just by wearing a letterman jacket, working out, or supporting an athletic team, one can be labeled a "jock."

The "Dumb Jock" is Really a Nerd?
Dennis Grencewicz

"Researchers found that student-athletes were significantly more likely to be confident in the classroom if they believed their coaches expected high academic performance, not just good enough grades to be eligible for sports" (Fetlz, MSU).
Deborah Feltz, from Michigan State, shows the easiest way for athletes to beat the stereotype: put yourself in a good situation. The more motivation an athlete has, the more of a chance they have to succeed, on and off the field.
"Jocks" in Society
Jadeveon Clowney, known for his uncanny athletic ability, can be labeled a "jock" due to his physique and athletic capabilities.
Cardale Jones, an Ohio State
quarterback, is noted for his
tweet about the importance
of education.
John Urschel, a Penn State lineman, is known to be the smartest college football player ever, but has still been labeled a "jock" because of his stature.
Case McCoy, Texas quarterback, is a three time member of the Academic All-Big 12, keeping over a 3.5 G.P.A. in college.
"Student athletes actually have higher graduation rates and better grades than the student body in general. Athletes who participate in individualized sports, such as golf and gymnastics, do particularly well" (Sailes, Dumb Jocks or Misguided Stereotype?).
In this University of Indiana article, Gary Sailes, a sociologist at UI, shows how students that participate in athletics have a better chance of success.
In this PSA, the NCAA shows how their athletes obviously work hard considering the amount of work and time they have to put into school and athletics.
Bernie Kosar, a past Cleveland Browns quarterback, defunct the "dumb jock" stereotype when he graduated from college in three years and kept a 4.0 G.P.A.
"In 1984, he was a first team CoSIDA Academic All-American" (UM Hall of Fame)
"Dumb Jocks" Turning into Nerds?
"With higher G.P.A.'s, more activity, athletes are becoming smarter and more successful than most high school and college students"(Stanley, NY Times, 1).
Student-athletes in high school college are slowly rising to the tops of their classes. As they rise in the academic ranks, they may lose their title of a jock, and receive the title nerd. Neither are positive connotations, but their academic talents will finally be recognized.
Eric Whettleman, a senior in highschool, was bullied for being a standout football star, just because of the frequency at which he wore a letterman jacket. His story is now told in the Washington Post.
Works Sited
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