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:
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
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.
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.
: 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.
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.