Athletes are suppose to be roll-models... not just "suppose to be", they are role-models. Not just for our younger generations either, many adults admire these guys and, to be fair, girls. (In this rant, we will stick to children.) We expect our children to learn from, not only parents and teachers, but role models and yet they are listening to athletes whom cannot put together a proper sentence to save their careers. They often mumble and use "um" as if it were a requirement. *Yeah, um, weplayedhard, um, my guys gotout 'n hit'em, um, stayedon top-a da defense and uh, I thinkwe ex-a-cuted good*
Not exaggerating! No wonder our youth are struggling! Young people are listening to sports figures speak every day and this is what they are hearing. I understand that speaking on camera can be frightening but, come on. Athletes do it so often, it should be old hat... that's what she said! Ok, athletes speak in public so often that it should be old hat. I truly believe that the main faces of our athletic teams (team captains, quarterbacks, lead running backs, ect) should be required to take a class on public speaking. Its an epidemic. We can't expect our young people to do any better if we allow their role-models to speak as if they just emerged from a cave.
Who's with me? Lets send them to grammar school!! Or, at least, speech class.