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There were 283 ex-NAIA players on National Football League rosters in 1976. The NAIA boasted the Rookie of the Year ( Minnesota's Sammy White) and the NFC's top rusher ( Chicago's Walter Payton). In all, 10 NAIA graduates were on the NFL's All-Pro and All-Rookie teams.
With its graduates dotting NFL rosters, its 240 football-playing institutions and a student enrollment of more than 970,000, the NAIA indeed represents more than one institution.
You have forgotten the team that holds up the entire league. You have forgotten the brains (surely not the brawn) of the Big Ten. You have forgotten the last school other than Ohio State or Michigan to finish second in the conference since 1967. NU did it in 1971.
COACH AND SCRIBE
Domination of college football by a select few—the polls, bowls and television—represents one of our biggest problems.
Limitations on grants may well be the salvation for college football in terms of achieving equality, sanity and economy.
And Underwood's observations regarding academics and athletics are totally on target, as well.