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I know that many people probably disagree with my standing on this issue, but I will attempt to explain myself. One would think that growing up as someone who emulated professional athletes, I would take the opposing viewpoint. But the fact is, I realize a majority of the professional athletes either don't want the responsibility as a role model or don't have the particular image or personality that is regularly classified with a typical role model. As a youngster, my role models were indeed professional athletes as noted by the posters on my bedroom wall still to this day. But my role models were the "good guys" of sports. I idolized such players as Cal Ripken Jr., Michael Jordan and Joe Montana, whose determination and hard-work on and off the field taught me a great deal about sports and life in general. As a kid, I knew what players not to model myself after. I knew not to follow such athletes as Deion Sanders, Michael Irvin and Darryl Strawberry, whose frequent run-ins with the law and substance abuse not only tainted their images, organizations, and sports but the minds of many kids who had indeed looked towards them as role models.
Many professional athletes claim they don't want to be role models towards young kids and they shouldn't be forced to be something they're not. In a controversial Nike shoe commercial in 1993, NBA star Charles Barkley stated that he wasn't a role model and he didn't want to be one. This commercial sti
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- Robinson paused and answered, "Frank Robinson." ...
- "Players are paid to play, teachers are paid to teach, and parents who have children ought to parent," says writer Mark Johnson, ...
- Julian Morrow says, "What makes a player successful on the field - anger, risk-taking, limited impulse control - may not make him someone you want living next door." Some facts to back this statement up are evident in a recent book, "Pros and Cons: The Criminals Who Play in the NFL,"
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