Thursday, November 16, 2006

Emmitt Smith vs. Stereotypes And Expectations of Athletes

Emmitt Smith's attitude, performance and win on Dancing With The Stars shows clearly that being a star athlete doesn't mean being a violent person or someone without emphathy for others.

To me, excusing violence -- like rape -- committed by athletes who deliver during competitions does everyone a disservice. The athletes become disposable tools of limited use rather than becoming well-rounded human beings who can succeed in all areas of their lives while respecting the rules of competition and the rules of ethical behavior.

The victims of athlete criminals are often doubly victimized. First by the athlete and then by all those who see those victims as perpetrators out to destroy a valued sport or a valued team.

The average NFL career is just 3.8 years and other team sports with pro leagues probably have similar career averages so most athletes will need to learn early how to behave without the benefit of being a star athlete needed by the team.

Doing so will benefit the athletes and all those who interact with athletes or ex-athletes.

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posted by Marcella Chester @ 12:27 PM   1 comments links to this post


At November 16, 2006 12:50 PM, Blogger Dr. Deborah Serani said...

This is such a great post!


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