It is a matter of great pride to have a football team in a college. The success rate of said football team could vary depending on the funding and size of the programme, but all in all, it is more on the positive side. It has got many advantages to it.
Firstly, there is the obvious financial benefit. Almost every college football programme generates a good amount of money. In many colleges, it is the only programme that turns over a net profit. Moreover, the revenue generated can pay for scholarships, latest technology and other college expenses. College infrastructure in particular can be developed in a few years with the money from college football. If the college has a successful programme, the investors will invest their millions with greater interest.
There is also the matter of college prestige. When colleges try to advertise themselves to potential students, one of the main things they can promote is college football. There is statistical evidence of increases in admissions recorded after a successful college football year. The reputation of the college can hence go on an upward trajectory. Extrapolating that, the presence of a successful college football programme can develop NFL athletes, who could be ambassadors for the college and be active for their fundraising.
How much does college football pay off?
College football athletes, if they are great at the game, make good money. In fact, there has been a debate in recent years over the pros and cons of top-level college athletes getting paid as much as their professional counterparts. Thus, it is safe to say that playing college football does pay off, and it pays off very well indeed.
Playing college football immediately has the benefits of free college tuition, periodic stipends and of course a platform where players can make their case for stardom and bigger things. Throw in the fact that they get paid a certain amount, and the benefits are immense. However, many have pointed out that what the players get and what they make for the college are basically night and day. To put it into perspective, college football generates an average sum of $14 billion. Yet, it has been found that only a small percentage of that astronomical revenue actually ends up with the players.
Studies showed that paying college stars on a similar scale to professional football players is done on a certain metric. This metric is sharing half the revenue from their matches, with high-profile player pocketing a bigger paycheck. This could mean that a star wide receiver, for example, can earn around $1.3 million per annum. Since student athletes cannot be classified at employees of their schools and colleges, they do not fall under federal employment laws, and cannot unionize or negotiate agreements with the respective federation.
With the COVID-19 pandemic, sport had been temporarily suspended. This raised the debate of the pay issue. Nevertheless, the fact remains that if you are a good college football player, there is every chance your life is well-funded and settled. The pay is good, and when you factor in the other advantages, it is close to perfection. Therefore, it is safe to say that playing college football, with the notable exception of injuries and/or controversies, pays off pretty well.
Famous college football players
Like with any sport, there are some college football players who are better than the rest of the pack. It is the case of being the standout player, and these individuals are more decorated than their peers.
The first name that comes to mind is Cam Newton. Arguably the best of the bunch about to be mentioned, there is absolutely nothing he can’t do. He won a national title at both junior college and college level. Most fans remember him for his single-handed dragging of the Tigers to a victory they didn’t deserve. At Auburn, he overturned a 24-point deficit on his own, beating Alabama 28-27. The match is referred to as the Camback, and the team went on to win the national title. Cam only lost once in college, which is absolutely staggering.
Reggie Bush is another player who made it big in college football. His team was full of energetic and dynamic youngsters, but to stand out from them was truly special. With Bush at the back, USC embarked on a remarkable 34-game winning streak, winning two national titles in that time. He used to have defenders on toast every game, and was just a joy to watch. His best season saw him rush for 1,740 yards and complete 19 touchdowns. He is the benchmark for anyone aspiring to be a running back.
When you talk about college football heroes, Vince Young has to be in the conversation. Leading Texas to a national title after a 35-year wait was the stuff of legend, and it was made possible by the most important player in Texas football history. He surpassed the legacies of Earl Campbell, Kyler Murray and Colt McCoy with his exploits. His big game mentality was his defining trait, the most memorable of those being his incredible touchdown with a barely believable 19 seconds on the clock during the 2006 Rose Bowl. That touchdown won the Longhorns the coveted title, beating USC 41-38.
Last, but in no way the least, Tommie Frazier makes the list. His starter record of 33-3 was simply outrageous. That is exactly the word to use to describe his style of play. He played seven games out of thirteen in 1994, but his performances in those games won the national title in the Orange Bowl against Miami. He did it again the following year, when Frazier and his team thrashed Florida 62-24. The team was stacked in every position, and Frazier stood head and shoulders above his teammates.