As most of us are students getting an Associate’s degree and transferring into a 4 year college, it’s always nice to try and incorporate our amazing talents! Guess what, athletes? It’s time to consider the possibilities of scholarships for that hidden talent of yours, boosting your education
Some colleges that athletes should look forward to: University of Washington, Washington State University, Penn State University, University of Notre Dame, University of Florida, University of Texas, Stanford University, University of Santa Barbara, University of Santa Clara, among others.
There are some amazing athletes who attended these colleges and hit the big leagues. Here are some you might recognize!
Born in Seattle, Brandon Roy attended the University of Washington for four years and was selected sixth in the 2006 NBA Draft. He was drafted to the Portland Trail Blazers, received an NBA Rookie of the Year Award, and was selected for the 2008, 2009 and 2010 NBA All-Star Games; he received second in 2009 and third in 2010.
Born and raised in Seattle, Nate Robinson attended the University of Washington playing basketball and football, and was selected 21st in the 2005 NBA Draft. He was drafted by the New York Knicks and now is playing for the Boston Celtics. Robinson is also the first three time Slam Dunk Champion in the Slam Dunk contest.
Jim Plunkett attended Stanford University, where he won the Heisman Trophy in 1970. He was the first overall pick in the NFL Draft by New England Patriots. He was then traded and played for the San Francisco 49ers. Thereafter, he joined the Oakland Raiders where he retired under a Raiders jersey. He has won awards such as Super Bowl XV MVP, UPI AFL-AFC Rookie of the Year (1971), NFL Comeback Player of the Year (1980), and Champion of Super Bowl XV and XVIII.
Megan Duffy attended University of Notre Dame and graduated with a double major of Psychology and Computer Applications. She won the Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award in 2006, and was selected 31st overall in the 2006 WNBA Draft by the Minnesota Lynx.
Ryan Grant attended University of Notre Dame and graduated with a double major of Sociology and Computer Applications. Not being drafted in his graduating year, he was practiced with the New York Giants practice squad, then traded to the Green Bay Packers. He was injured, but is a champion for the Super Bowl XLV.
These are just a few of many athletes who followed through their career in sports and excelled tremendously. It is never too late to try and go for a career in sports if you have the passion and abilities to achieve excellence. You never know what you could happen if you sign up as an athlete during transfer days! Maybe you could be the next big one!