It is undeniable that, as Dani Rojas of Ted Lasso would say, “Football is life”. ESPECIALLY in Texas.
Granted, Dani Rojas was referring to football (as we call it here in the US), but it still applies.
Football is an integral part of our Texan culture. And so, it’s no surprise that a sport that brings together so many people, not to say makes a lot of money, seeks to make the lives of star football players as enjoyable as possible.
We have known FOR YEARS that a lot of effort is put into recruiting and delighting the best athletes for our various teams. This obviously includes the NFL. But honestly, college football programs have improved their game, so to speak, to do the same for college rookies.
But how far is too far? In your opinion, would a nonprofit that is willing to pay offensive linemen $ 50,000 a year be too expensive?
Before you decide, let’s take a look at what is specifically discussed:
A non-profit organization called Horns with heart has offered to pay offensive linemen at the University of Texas a scholarship of $ 50,000 per year if they agree to have their name and image used for charitable causes, reports the Houston Chronicle:
“Horns with heart said “The Pancake Factory” would begin in August 2022. The organization said it hopes to expand the program to other football position groups and Longhorns athletes in the future. The name comes from the “pancake” blocks that linemen sometimes make during the game. ”
Supported by six UT alumni and other supporters, 16 offensive linemen are said to be part of the program, as it is capped at $ 800,000.
Obviously, any effort to support charities in Texas is a good thing. A noble thing. At the same time, do you think that simply giving away $ 50,000 each to football players aged 18 to 21 is the right decision?
Some people respond with a “YES! Resounding. They believe that any steps taken to empower football players to participate in awareness campaigns for programs at UT and elsewhere can only be a good thing.
On the other hand, some feel that paying such a large sum to players who have already “tasted and eaten” before signing simply makes their efforts, even for nonprofits and charities, more transactional than genuine.
We love our football (and our footballers) in Texas. Do you think this is a fantastic idea OR do you have ethical concerns about it?
Let us know in the comments and share on your social media pages.
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