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Such, then, are the varied opinions about the most pressing problem that confronts collegiate football these days. Three of the four groups believe, as do the Notre Dame men, that athletic ability should qualify a boy for financial help in one form or another. A very large majority received help themselves, and none of them became "athletic bums." Indeed, as we shall now see, they have done very well for themselves in the years after college:
Ohio State : Among the dozen 1937 lettermen who replied to the questionnaire, the highest income reported is $50,000 a year, the lowest, $7,000. The median—the point at which half the figures are above, and half below—is $11,000, and the average for the group is $14,760. There are three salesmen, two coaches, a recreation director, a department store buyer, a doctor, a proprietor of a business, and three business executives.
Sixteen of the 1946 players reported. The highest income is an estimated net (after professional expenses) of $25,000, the lowest is $6,000, the median is $14,250, and the average is $13,295. Only one has continued in any way with athletics. There is one insurance salesman. There is a geologist, a doctor and a veterinarian. The others are entrepreneurs or businessmen.
Georgia Tech : Twelve of the 1937 group answered. Highest income is $30,000, lowest is $5,400, the median is $11,000, and the average is $14,773. There are four salesmen, a hardware buyer, a locomotive engineer (the only man who did not graduate) and six business executives.
Twenty-two of the 1946 lettermen replied. The highest income figure is $20,000, the lowest is $5,000 (but this man is attending graduate school), the median is $10,500, and the average is $11,098. There are five salesmen, two coaches, three proprietors, a college teacher, an independent oil operator, a safety director and nine in business.
Yale : Fifteen of the 1937 players replied. The highest income reported is "$80,000 to $100,000," the lowest is $8,000, and the median is $19,000. Leaving aside the $100,000-a-year man, whose earnings are so much bigger than anyone else's (the next being $40,000) that to include him would warp the figure, the average is $20,000. There are two lawyers, a minister, a naval officer, a salesman and 10 business executives. This group, incidentally, wins the fatherhood championship, with an average 3.2 children each—narrowly followed by the 1937 Georgia Tech players, with 3 each.
Among the 14 of the 1946 players reporting, the highest income is $14,000, the lowest is $5,400, the median is $9,500, and the average is $10,308. Two are lawyers, one is a salesman, one a dentist, one an editor and publisher, one a schoolteacher, one a purchasing agent, one a packaging engineer and six are executives.
Southern California: Nineteen of the 1937 squad replied. Their incomes range from $40,000 down to $5,868, with the median at $10,000 and the average at $12,870. Their jobs are extraordinarily varied. Two men are coaches, one is an Air Force officer, another a Pan American World Airways captain, one an actor and stuntman, another a TV makeup artist. There are three teachers, an acoustical engineer, an oil producer, a personnel manager, a real estate broker, a union business agent and a policeman, plus four business executives.
Fifteen of the 1946 players answered. The biggest income is $30,000, the lowest is $7,000, the median is $9,300, and the average is $8,664. Among them are five coaches, three salesmen, three insurance men, a personnel manager, a partner in a livestock supply house, a lawyer and a movie director.
Notre Dame: Among the 19 players on the 1937 squad who replied or could be found for interviewing, the high income is $35,000, the low is $4,500, the median is $8,500, and the average is $13,413. Five men are coaching, one is in the FBI, two are public officials, one is a lawyer, one an insurance agent, one a doctor, one a publisher, one a service-station owner and one a policeman, one a priest, one a teacher, one a farmer and three others are in business.