Three years ago, Ohio State University's now-starting quarterback Cardale Jones made waves when he tweeted the following question:
"Why should we have to go to class if we came here to play FOOTBALL," he wrote. "We ain't come to play SCHOOL classes are POINTLESS."
Predictably, his tweet started a firestorm around both Jones' and other student athlete's priorities. Jones has since apologized, but his original question raises some good points. How should student athletes in high school or college prioritize their education? What are the chances they make it big?
As it turns out, not great.
In fact, aside from baseball, the NFL presents some of the best odds to get into the pros. With such little chance to succeed in a sport like football, it makes you wonder why so many students spend more time studying or working inside.
Here are the most important stats about becoming an pro football player:
But that's just football. What about all the other sports?
Guess what? They aren't that much better.
In fact, of all the major sports, reaching the pro level in football is on the easier side of things. Still, it's only a 1.6 percent of playing professional football if you played in college.
Believe it or not, baseball is your best bet.
Still, though, you're a long shot. As good as one in 10 might sound to NCAA baseball players, there is an even lower chance of being able to support yourself with the money you make.
Odds for men's basketball player going pro:
So what should be teaching our young student athletes? Well, for starters, we should teach them that an education and a degree are the most practical routes towards becoming a successful individual who can support him or herself. While we known college graduation rates are largely dependent on socioeconomic status, even the less fortunate have a better chance of graduating college than making it as a professional athlete.
Even at the least competitive colleges, students had a 34 percent chance of graduating college in six years — far higher than the combined odds of a male student athlete making it professional in basketball, football or baseball.