Football Programs Should Have Athletic Scholarships

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In my opinion, all football programs should have Athletic scholarships regardless of division. They all are considered NCAA athletes and all abide by the same rules and regulations. Football is one of America’s favorite pass times and through this sport many athletes have been able to attend Colleges and Universities, all over The United States, for free. Although there are currently 72,788 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Football players, only the few that have the opportunity to play Division 1 football are eligible to receive these full athletic scholarships also known as “full rides”. Division 2 is an assortment of more than 300 NCAA colleges and universities that provide thousands of student-athletes the opportunity to compete at a high level of scholarship athletics. Some Division 2 schools also give their athletes full scholarships but these cases are rare, instead, they give partial athletic scholarships to help lighten the load. Athletes that play Division 3 football are often seen as playing “For the love of the game” or “Love of completion” and receive no sort of athletic scholarship for playing a college sport. Players that decide to take the Junior College or JUCO route are playing, more times than not, to attract the attention of Division 1 coaches in order to seize the opportunity of attending college for free. The differences among the divisions emerge primarily in how schools choose to fund their athletics programs. Division 1 is the

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