The phrase "dumb jocks" is officially bogus, at least according to a new study out of Washington State University.
According to the study, conducted by Vicki McCracken, Fran Hermanson and Diem Nguyen, and reported in the Associated Press, varsity athletes "were more than twice as likely as non-athletes to graduate within five or six years."
The study didn't solely focus on athletics. The researchers also found that socio-economic status is often a good indicator of academic success and that grade point average is far better at predicting accomplishment than SAT scores.
Florida State University football star and 2008 Rhodes scholar Myron Rolle is perhaps most emblematic of the academic student athlete. As a New York Times article from November of that year detailed, Rolle said he wanted to open a clinic for the underprivileged in the Bahamas. He currently plays for the Tennessee Titans.
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