Football safety in America is a relevant topic with head injuries and long-term effects taking center stage. Everyone has an opinion. I'm sounding off as the mother of twin athletes who is more concerned about finding solutions than finding fault.
If a player is a star in high school, the idolization starts early. The loudest voices in the athlete's ear say, "You'll be a pro someday! Yes, do your schooling, but you don't have to work too hard because one day you'll be rich!"
The worlds of academics and athletics have a mingled, controversial relationship. This clash is seen most prominently in NCAA Division I sports, particularly football and men's basketball, where athletics is a big business.