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"But, as I have stated above, no system of investigation and enforcement can be effective unless all of us concerned with football's future put the good of the game ahead of the immediate success or failure of a single team."
A final word is necessary to those who have not spoken or been spoken to so far in this survey: the college football players themselves. On their shoulders rests a major share of responsibility for bringing college football back to its rightful place in America's wonderful world of sport. How are they living up to that responsibility?
This is a question that rightfully concerns parents too, and one they should take most seriously to heart. For it should never be forgotten that, while a son may be a man when he leaves college, he is a boy when he enters. And some of the decisions placed on a young football player today are simply more than a boy can handle.
It is virtually impossible to canvass the country player by player and learn their thoughts and intentions as they enter the college world to which their football talents have opened the way. But SPORTS ILLUSTRATED did question 33 of the outstanding college stars who left college this past June. Only one player was from the East, and the remaining 32 were pretty equally divided between the South, Southwest, Midwest and Far West. Service academy players were not included in the survey.
What these players had to say was slightly staggering.
Twelve of the 33 did not graduate from college.
Twenty-nine of the 33 hope or plan to play pro football this fall.
Fourteen chose physical education as their major college subject.
In answer to the question, Would you have gone to college without the aid of an athletic scholarship? 21 answered no, they would not.
This, as stated, is probably not a representative cross section of the aims and purposes of most college football players—but it nonetheless gives one pause. And it leads right into the final thoughts of this survey, thoughts which quite properly project a future plan which was outlined last January by Chester J. La Roche, the eminent advertising man, who is organizer and chairman of the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame.