Reality of College Football Player Life Documentary: The Truth About NCAA Football (2019)

Reality of College Football Player Life Documentary: The Truth About NCAA Football (2019)

[D. Arthur Narration] Four seasons ago, five kids coming from
different backgrounds and experiences quickly start sharing the same situation
playing Division three football with all the glory of playing college football at
the top ranks a Division three football players college experience pans out
quite differently. [Jack]Umm.. Well I didn’t even think about Redlands until my
senior year probably Spring Break so it was really late. I sent my film to like a
couple small schools and no one else got back to me except Redlands.[Devin] I got down to
2 schools University of Redlands and Morehouse College two very very
different schools both private and what I really wanted to get out of my college
experience was something bigger than just sports so I didn’t really matter to me
sports wise you know where I went as long as it was a winning program.[D. Arthur Narration] 2% of college
football athletes comprised of only 130 programs that have Division one FBS
status. Which leaves the last 98 percent being symbolized here today.
By the University of Redlands that 98% for the most part, are not athletically talented enough to play at the highest level of collegiate sports. And it’s apples to oranges really.
The differences are endless [Colin Cowherd behind narration] From stadium size to locker rooms.
To fitness centers. One school is making upwards to 120 million dollars off
football alone, while many universities whole endowment is in the same monetary
ballpark! Maybe that’s why Dabo Sweeney had the ability to put a slide in Clemson’s football operation facilities.
“They are giving botox to their cat” Players don’t choose a school primarily to the
notoriety or how big the fan base is they’re just playing for the love of the
game. [Jakob] I started to them look whereas where I fit in personally in my
characteristics and then academically what kind of majors were proposed. Like I
went down Division one schools in which I thought I could play for it Division
two schools in which I thought I could play for and then NAIA Division three
schools in which I could play for. [Mitchell] One of my high school football coaches who knew
a coach here because I’d never heard of Redlands before that so the football
program started recruiting me and then from there I was able to visit and find
out about how good how good of academics we have here, how great the campus is,
so the final decision was definitely a combination of the two. [D. Arthur] Just the whole
package of the university was was what I wanted so there was some athletic parts
to it that is like look I feel like I can play here.
You know it’s competitive enough and they win when I came in there were 13th
in the nation in D3 on the rankings. I’m like look I want to be a part of that I
want to be a part of a winning program I’ve never won anything for my life when
it came to football so I felt like this was time from
you know actually put something down and make a mark and try to be a champion and
so I would be lying if athletics was not part of the deal. But the yearning to
still be great on the field was ever so present, as their four years came and
went the program became conference champions twice with the hope of adding
one in the fall [music] [Jakob] People were in it for the love of the
game and I did really appreciate that and that’s something that I have held
dearly to myself and like just like kind of just the whole family aspect of it, I
feel people that were here their love for the game carried off the field as
well and they had much more of a love for each other. [D. Arthur asking question] You have two championship
rings you started no freshman year. And you’re ending with one, how does that feel, to you know, be a champion? [Jack] having two rings really special both
seasons you know completely different teams you had a lot of different
memories but both of them are awesome. and I am not going to be able to forget seasons just you know
unfortunately we weren’t able to get four. [D. Arthur Narration] The memories narrative doesn’t
include a trip to the Rose Bowl or a free PlayStation console, not even TV
coverage unless you’re in a deep playoff run but in any sport, some of the
greatest memories come from our greatest enemies rivalries.. Redlands has three
main ones. [Devin] My freshman year was our comeback against Chapman in in the
second half.[D. Arthur] Still pissed this day that they won in 2014. [Jack] My buddies friend
pledge shot man and the way he described Chapman was not that tight. The New Age
rival, the Chapman Panthers out of Orange California
a state of the art modern University which screams Orange County wealth.
The Panthers re-entered the SCIAC conference in 2011, by 2013 with their
new updated facilities the Panthers brass started to feel that it was their
time to take over competing with Redlands with recruiting
and stand in the way of back-to-back championship goals. [D. Arthur] Chapman was my number
one school for the longest time they recruited me I was going on visits that
I no where they stopped contacting me and then I get an email from the
linebacker coach thanking another linebacker for coming a visit and they
couldn’t wait to bring him in and I still couldn’t get a response back but
that gave me 2013.[Devin] it was it was a pretty pretty intense game. [D. Arthur] punches back and
forth. [Devin] we were rolling through really well [D. Arthur] most riveting game I’ve seen on the
sidelines [Devin] what I saw in the seniors and you know the upper classmen was that
they had hope you know and they really believed in themselves, because they had
been tired of you know losing, you know year after year and you could see it in
their hearts that they were ready to come back and it was just it was just
almost like was like a movie. [D. Arthur commentating] “Late in the fourth quarter,
go ahead drive, Kevin Russell who I always called Tiny Tebow breaks the
huddle shotgun snaps the ball, pressure coming
up in his way, steps up in the pocket gets hit throws a bomb to Stephen Herber
herb turns his whole body around makes a great snag we go on the score end up
winning the game and the conference championship. it was one of the greatest
feelings in the world to finally get that ring [music] [Jack] When we were down against Cal Lu this
last year and the game actually had not clinching the tile for us but we all in
the game we all thought we had to win in order to get the ring. [D. Arthur Narration] The rivalry
between Cal Luther and I had a Thousand Oaks is deep-seated it’s the one game of
the year were players on both sides mark their calendars. Cal Lu is going back and
forth and we had called big touchdowns historically the head-to-head record is
23- 22 in favor of Cal Lu. The Kingsmen ruled the SCAIC conference from 2009 to
2012 winning four conference championships. Always being number one to
our number two, letting no other team advance to the NCAA division
three playoffs Then that all changed with the 2013 team
shifting the dynamics of the conference The Redlands class of 2017 will never
experience a loss against their biggest foe
having won the Smudge Pot four consecutive years. a smudge pot is a oil burning
device used in orchards to prevent frost on fruit trees so it’s only fitting that
a smudge pot as a trophy between two southern California towns. [Jack] It was late in
the fourth quarter probably like two minutes left I was on one side and my
buddy Guz the outside receiver on the other side he busted off I got 97-yard
touchdown and I was basically looks like the play this season
everyone’s gonna remember that and I was what Got us you know undefeated SCIAC rings. If we didn’t make that who knows we kept driving and stuff so
clutch play. [D. Arthur] but in the road of going good to great
the Ascension to new ranks comes with greater challenges which comes in the
form of top ranked Mary Hardin Baylor out of texas who has produced
professional athletes like Chicago Bears linebacker Jerrell Freeman. Who is rated
the best overall linebacker in 2016 by Pro Football Focus. for those plane and
lower divisions mr. Freeman and a handful of other notable pros are prime
examples if your dream is truly to play in the NFL with hard work and
perseverance any dream can be a tangible experience. [Mitchell] playing Marriott and Baylor is
always putting the stuff you have up to the test the ultimate test.
[D. Arthur Narration] The Bulldogs face the crude three times in the last four years in the last
meeting with the Bulldogs being the only team of the season being up at half.
[Mitchell] We honestly went out and we were playing with them very well we went out 14-0 at
the start of the game we were winning at halftime. [D. Arthur Narration] You could say it was a bumpy
ride for the Texas teams route to the first-ever NCAA division three
playoff championship. [Mitchell] basically the way I look at it is they just had more depth
than us we ran out of gas. so since I am coming back next fall the goal and the
expectation for myself is to be able to and my our team is to be able to beat a
team like that. [D. Arthur Narration] while the lights may be turning off the memories will remain
bright in the eyes of those who lived experiences the love the memories of
football would never waver but in the life of a lower division athlete finding
oneself outside of the game is just as prevalent [Richard Sherman Interview] great question I really appreciate that
question um no no I don’t think college athletes are given enough time to really
take advantage of the free education that they’re given and it’s frustrating
because because a lot of people say you know get upset with student athletes
and say that they’re not focused on school and and they’re not taking
advantage of the opportunity given. I would love for for a regular student to
have a student-athletes schedule during the season for just just one quarter or
one semester and show me how you balance that. [Colin Cowherd] football school don’t go
together they just don’t try to do both it’s like
trying to do two full-time jobs there are guys who have no business being in
school they’re here because this is the path to the NFL there’s no other way. [Richard Sherman] And
people think oh you you’re on scholarship. They pay for your room and
board they pay for your education but to their knowledge you’re there to play
football. [Colin Cowherd] Isn’t he saying this Anthony listen if you really care deeply about
academics yeah and I’m trying to just get out of school if you want to be a
doctor the big con is the coach will say you can do it here but practice lands
right on the labs. Now I’ve had coaches tell me this you want the true college
experience go play Division three because the reality with the bowl games
and the travel in the conference championships you want to be a doctor.
those classes you need they fall the practice schedule. [D. Arthur Narration] Choose correctly they
said, pick a place where you get the most out of your experience but when looking
at the student life of a Division one athlete, the school surely gets the most
out of them. [Colin Cowherd] With the bowl games and the travel in
the conference championship. [D. Arthur narration] While the NCAA is profiting billions off the
indentured servant labor of athletes we all know a kind of education these
players are actually getting. [Voiceover]” but estimates dwarf the rest of the industry combined, and at the center of it all, in return, a free education. [D. Arthur Narration] Let’s go back to Colin’s statement. [Colin] you want the
true college experience go play Division three. [D. Arthur Narration] what does an actual college
experience look like for a division 3 athlete? When you take a good look
winning football games are only a small part of the overall goal of college. You
still wake up early, lift, have class, meetings, practice then study, yet
Redlands and other schools alike comes with similar yet different demands and
commitments. It also affords a different opportunity an opportunity, to find
oneself outside the sport. Even at small time schools, football is life but it can
be life the sport of football ends for every player at different times not
every player decides to play for all four years some decide it’s time to
transition over to the general population early. [D. Arthur] I honestly felt that I
was quitting. [Jakob] Division 3 there’s no money on the line if you stop playing you
still have the same academic contract you came on to this campus with. [D. Arthur] I felt
like the efforts I was putting in wasn’t resulting in the benefits I wanted to get out of it. [Jakob] All my major injuries came in the form of concussions so entering
sophomore season I was already three concussions in and you know I
very much so like the program but I started to get more involved
academically, so it’s more so questioning whether or not I wanted to play a little
bit. [D. Arthur] I knew I wasn’t gonna go pro I wasn’t trying to go pro. So those you
know adult decisions all started to come into play. [Jakob] Sustaining my for concussion that
camp and it being as severe as it was I had symptoms and I had to check in with
the training staff for two months after the date of my you know original contact.
that was definitely something that would it plagued my academics and I ended up
deciding to d-squad and Division three development squad is kind of like our
version of red shirting to come back that following spring ball. However going
into winter break and that will season and staying dedicated to weights
multiple conversations with family members.
I personally decided it was in my best interest to shop playing football for the University of Redlands and to more so focus on my academic
career because that’s what was going to further me in the long run.[D. Arthur] You know, “you’re living the dream” you’re going to college playing football and not
everybody is able to do, that but also you know you’re getting a great
education at a top school, so that’s living the dream and you know that was
our motto and you know I was living by that you know I’m living the dream what
more could I ask for? But then I start realizing you know if I’m not going to
be able to progress into this game, into it with this team, and not get more
playing time then you know maybe it’s time for me to start putting more effort
into other things into my academics and what do I really want to do with myself
outside of college. [Jakob] although you’re not necessarily involved with football
anymore like you still are friends with them because you would create bonds the
bonds you make with people I mean if they’re good bonds their everlasting
only go to a school 2,000 kids so we all kind of have to stay you know together
while others continue to play finishing out their eligibility any point. [D. Arthur questioning] did you
what I quit and what motivated you to keep playing all four years. [Jack] So yeah I
didn’t I didn’t get a lot of playing time definitely it was the hardest years
part Junior because I was still I came in the season with a lot of high
expectations and then I was on the scout team basically the whole year. I think what
really motivated me was the friendships I made I fell if I quit especially
during the season I was giving up on all my teammates and especially because I
saw like you know my best friends still playing I thought I thought that would not be
respectful to them or the program that I put a lot of work into.[Devin] I kind of knew
like you know going into going into the the senior season that like if
you’re not here, if you’re not here offseason, you know gotta understand
that you have to get other people chances because they’ve been with the program doing the work and so I had known that it was possibility that
wouldn’t play quite as much my goal was to be as selfless as I could possibly be
and leave a legacy that I could say like you know I had my hand in right I had you
know left a good mark in and others leave school completely to grow from
past mistakes. [Mitch] I think when I was coming into college I had a lot of confidence
like I felt like a lot of things were rolling for me at the time and I had a
very you know I was thinking about myself a lot
long story short one night I was basically drinking too much. I made some
bad decisions and as much as I wanted to deny whatever happened happened when the
school tells me that I can’t come here for a whole semester it’s like all I
have to do is look in the mirror at that point and you know put blame or blames
do and try and learn from it. [D. Arthur questioning] You were considered one of the best linebackers on the west
coast was, that situation pressure me a few to play even better than before and
how did you handle being back home for a semester so when I first took a leave of
absence when I went home for that first semester that I was scheduled to be here
I wasn’t even thinking about football at all I was basically just reflecting on
myself and while I was back home as time went on I started to realize like
answered questions about myself and start to grow so I knew that when I did
come back here and when I made the decision to come back here cuz I didn’t
have to, that I had my head on straight and I’d be focused so it definitely did
help fuel me and still does fuel me because I felt like I was counted out
from the start. [D. Arthur narration] But what do small school athletes do in their spare time? even in
the offseason free time comes at a premium the daily schedule is much of
the same without Saturday’s filled with games, without state-of-the-art
infrastructure as the top athletic programs it is almost a necessity to
create other experiences for yourself while in college and your experience can
be life-changing. [Devin] Going abroad was incredible wow [Jakob]
completely life changing [D. Arthur] Studying abroad? unreal [Devin] I can
talk about that forever but like really seeing a new culture in a new way of
life it definitely kind of refreshed it was refreshing. [D. Arthur] Crazy experience [Devin] It showed me that one where are we’re not really all very much different you know
the end of the day. Two being in Spain taught me to appreciate the present a lot more.
I was able to like break out of my shell a little bit
you know I approach people talk to people you know in a different language
in which I wasn’t too you know familiar with and you know I lived with a host
that did not speak English and I also did an internship with an entrepreneur
who’s doing a start-up out there to Spain. Coupling the professional like
experience with the lifestyle and just the classes and just you know for eating
girls and just everything about the culture was just it was eye-opening. [Jakob] I able
to spend four months in Costa Rica. 12 weeks 12 weeks exactly Costa Rica one
week in Nicaragua one week in Guatemala – I really enhanced my language skills
studied sustainable development in Costa Rica and throughout Central America
rather taking classes and socio economics rain forest ecology natural
resource management and so it’s definitely something getting out there
and being able to participate in real time situations and making a difference
in cultures and societies like definitely in seeing like what other
people how they live their life has definitely been a dramatic impact on my
own life and I’m forever thankful [D. Arthur] I studied abroad for six months in London,
England where I attended the University of London Queen Mary on the east side of
London you know really assimilating myself to the culture and you know how
the saying goes When in Rome
do as the Romans do and that’s what I was doing I’m really just grasping on
how they live how they eat you know how they carry out their their
regular day of life every Saturday every Sunday me and my buddies we would go to
the local pub grab a pint and watch the matches. You realize that the Europeans
take their football it just as seriously as the mayor and to take their version
of football I think what was really special going abroad was being that I
only went to a school of 2,500 kids but being that all my good friends were
abroad we were able to meet up with each other at different countries in such a
big world and you know not everybody gets to experience something like that
and you can’t put a price tag on that. you can also gain experience. [D. Arthur question] Your title?
[Devin] My title community director [D. Arthur] Here the community director of Cal founders can
you just go into that like what are your like some of the daily things you have
to deal with when you’re managing so many young kids? [Devin] Yeah I mean there’s 170
residents in this hall and 5 CA’s and myself and what it is it’s weekly
consists of one-on-one meetings with every single CA a staff meeting. I
have prepare for one on one of my supervisors as well and basically
every single day this is miscellaneous like you don’t know who’s gonna come to
you at 3 o’clock in the morning for something you know being a CA that your job
To be that resource for people so I mean most recent incident
was a our microwave was stolen someone thought that’d be a great idea and what
kind of happens is you know the entire hall is affected by that and then it all
comes back to me it’s really hard to put it all on in one like no answers but
this job requires insane amount of patience and you need to be very weary
or aware of how you like you know conduct yourself at all times
you want to be able to be approachable by all people so then when there’s an
issue end up being a huge issue they can go to
you and just tackle that issue [D. Arthur podcasting] That’s what we had for the round
the block really go to a little break and then we’ll get back to around the
nation before I start telling you why KD is a cupcakes a little bit working
at k-dog radio has been a wonderful experience
I’m kind of mad that I waited til second semester of senior to get involved with
the radio station I came in I said I wanted to create a show it was really
easy they said you can set one up so I created a radio talk show with my
co-host Malia Bates the Turnaround that we tried to go on every Monday after the
weekend and talk about the you know the weekly sports news but me always has had
a fascination because it would talk about I can talk about sports for hours
that’s something that I can do every day all day any time of the week 24/7 so for
me it was just it wasn’t work it was just going in and having fun you know a
lot of people have different celebrities that they look up to or different sports
stars now I have those but I also look up to a lot of radio broadcasters as
well a lot of sports media entertainers as well those are my two superstars for real.
You have your Stephen a Smith’s a Max Kellerman on ESPN for First Take you
have you know the OGS from PTI you have Skip Bayless and Shannon of sharp
on undisputed now Chris Broussard lately I’ve been listening a lot of Colin
Cowherd I love the herd he’s one of my favorite podcast listen to right now
he’s very witty and you know it’s just something I really like getting into
also listen to NFL Network’s podcasts around the NFL with the heroes Dan hanzus Marc Sessler Coleen wolf Greg Rosenthal and just broadcasting my
message and my different opinions out the world is pretty cool because you
never know who your opinion is gonna hit and if you do want to catch some of
in my podcast up with my those Malia babes the turn around there’s going to
be 70 episodes on k-dog slash the turn around go keep that out if you
have some time and hopefully you enjoy [Jack] that the classic this is probably got a
solid ground right here huh we got you off the ground yeah we probably
probably sold old hundred of these wow [D. Arthur] 100? [ yeah to ease so you know how did that
idea come about it is this something that you want to continue after
graduation? [Jack] So yeah, Condor Flight Club has been a really fun ride I really enjoyed it but
that’s the classic this is one of shirts cows off the ground, let’s see if I can
find one of these this is like super small one but yeah this this is one of
the first ones DJ Dawson actually sent me this design
he was like dude that put so I’m sure it was like let’s do it this is say it sold
out those pretty quick I guess a start I’ve done a little bit of clothing
design in high school just like for a couple teams I actually made the jerseys
for our team my senior year but we did a couple other things and so I was always
kind of into making clothes and looking at designs and stuff and that a lot of
teams starting to wear the USA like like University of Washington was really big
influence because I live right by there and big fan of theirs and so they start
doing it I was like wow man this is so sick like the do start wind switches
around stuff and so I was like okay well let’s do that from Redlands and so I got
I don’t know part about five of those made they caught on immediately and ice
I did one pretty big order and then you know I just kind of stuck with it and I
was like the book store which basically I was monopoly they don’t have a lot of
great products that could you know a reasonable price and so I was like you
know let’s get some good out to the people they think they’re buying a
reasonable price I think it’s a reasonable price and it’s under selling
bookstore it looks good so if you add everything hot sometimes some weeks are
slow so much they’re busy sometimes I’ll put like 10 hours and do it if you take
like driving around places dropping off stuff people meeting people places in other
weeks are just kind of sending out emails I do spend probably solid three
hours a week just do research and looking at like new
the products I could put out for ordering products tool this want it I
know how to portray myself and send professional emails to people I don’t
know and screen printers I do know I’m able to communicate quickly with them I
think the biggest problem is trying to forecast what people want well its first
starting like everybody wanted long sleeves I was like I swore I saw that
XL long sleeves in like two days so I did those those Redlands with the Nike
sign shirts so I did it end up doing a reorder and then I still now I still
have those XL long sleeves because it’s like you no one else wanted those
and then sometimes I I get a little confused down here because everybody was
wants long sleeves so I was the thing at the beginning more ordered a lot more
short sleeves and then it was like dude give me a long suit like dudes like 90
degrees outside [D. Arthur questions] is condor flight club over after you graduate here? [Jack] I mean I’d
like to get rid of a lot of this stuff yeah I’m probably I’m gonna keep doing
merchandise for Leon’s yeah barbecue sauce but kind of these these big orders I’ll
take like custom orders like if someone wants to hit me up for some
stuff for like a Rec league or something and help them out. [Devin] Being president
DSP, it’s a it’s an honor because when I have joined initially I had like really
drastically increased my business etiquette [D. Arthur] being part of DSP was
definitely a special experience being that it’s an international fraternity
that means you’re connected of the people all across not only America but
also the world at a click of a button I can get in contact with somebody to help
me you know try to land a job or something along those lines. [Devin] I developed
myself you interview we come present myself and
the best that’s really possible. [D. Arthur] holding the Chancellor position my senior was
also a great learning experience you know managing 40 people every Sunday for
a general business meeting it’s kind of tough because there’s different
personalities different egos you have to make sure we all Corral that for one
goal and you know for two hours that on Sunday we come together and
try to get better as a unit [Devin] I knew that in my heart I wanted to leave one last
legacy before I you know graduated which is coming in in two months now.[D. Arthur] being a
part of the executive committee board with the president and other top
executive positions we all have a role and we all have to play that role. [Devin] it’s a
lot different than being a director like hall of residence because one we have we
all are kind of like in sync that we have to conduct ourselves in
professional manner and it’s almost more like a the business world. [D. Arthur] I used to joke
around with Dev because we go to a predominately white school and on their
business fraternity they have two African-Americans on their Executive
Board and you know I think that’s pretty cool
neophytes what I see in them is you know potentially they kind of tell that would
grow into a great you know professional in their field they wanted even pursue
and so like I guess being president DSP is in itself really special, especially
especially to this chapter. [D. Arthur Narration] but you also have that time to experience just being
a kid one last time before entering the adult working world some decide to play
video games [Devin] “Ibra come man you had 2 chances! I am eating you alive!” others compete in intramural sports. [Jack] so I’m like man let’s just go up and up like it’s not too flashy or anything but
it like really represents us [Mitchell] well first of all it’s crazy there’s so many people
here from the Pacific Northwest is definitely a pipeline down here at
Redlands. [Jack] we almost have a full team of kids from Seattle [Mitch] and we’ve been playing
on the same intramural basketball team for four years now that Jack Peterson’s
put together. [D. Arthur] your favorite jersey? [Jack] I have to go to sophomores ones with
just the PNW and the tree those are pretty classic and we did you
have that pretty big upset in championship game they were saying there
was like a hundred and ten people there some and we had to pull it out it was
awesome, great environment to play in. I said that memory I’m just never afraid [Mitchell] we’re
looking to go back-to-back again that’s the goal hopefully there’s a couple
teams that give us good contest. [D. Arthur narration] some join social Brotherhood’s [D. Arthur] I joined
another fraternity local fraternity to the campus Chi Rho Psi, [Jakob] I I’ve been introduced
to people that I would never been friends with on campus being in this
organization 95% of people I didn’t even know. [D. Arthur] being in a social fraternity we do
a lot of things [Jakob] community service is held at a higher standard academics are
held at a higher standard people are at have good heads on their shoulders and
they’re able to really I truly am a firm believer that people in this
organization are going to go on and be extremely successful in their own
lifetimes whether or not that’s in terms of wealth or in terms of that travel or
if that’s in terms of having a great family because everybody has a different
definition of wealth because wealth is wealth doesn’t necessarily in terms of a
monetary value so to speak and [D. Arthur narration] And many choose to be social. We like to party! [Jakob] you get
your stuff done I mean Sunday through Thursday you
deserve to be able to go out so really good come listen to be yourself you know
[D. Arthur] that’s part of living dream is partying [Jakob] and you’re going out
and you’re constantly like pushing yourself if you want to pushing yourself
out of that bubble of comfortability out of your comfort zone [D. Arthur] when you look at
the top party schools around the nation Iowa Wisconsin Nebraska they’re all
pretty secluded and on a smaller scale that’s Redlands being that we were such
a small school saw each other all the time so we had to be creative and
recreate our ways to have fun and find that different stimulation but still
having that good time and I wouldn’t change that for the world [D. Arthur Narration] but this unique experience eventually
ends and nothing is free and without a quote unquote free education schooling
debt can be hefty the Division three ranks unlike Division one or Division
two are not awarded athletic scholarships academic scholarship and
financial aid are the only two viable options so for the ninety nine percent
of student athletes they realize sooner or later that they cannot make a
sustainable career out of the sport they won’t dearly to their heart. Especially
when in 2017 each student is $37,000 in debt after graduation on average but
time is money so how much does college cost for students without full-ride
scholarships? If making millions and professional sports is out of the
question how do students parlay their education into something that creates
income? So the traditional question always arises what do you want to do
with your life? where do you see yourself? [Mitchell] well the short answer before I give a
long answers I also have no idea College is a four-year buffer between
childhood and adulthood for division 1 football athletes aspiring to become
professionals in the National Football League college football is essentially
an internship it is parallel with any other college
student building experience and skills trying to find employment. Jon Gruden is
quarterback campus and equivalent to a prep meeting for an interview with a
company and the NFL Draft is where 253 Athletes are offered jobs into a company that’s worth over $81 billion dollars in the
sports entertainment industry given the fact that 99% of collegiate athletes
will not have the opportunity to play at the highest level of football
even though Division 3 legends like Pierre Garcon London Fletcher Fred
Jackson and many others have found success the majority of us find
different avenues to go down and that’s not a bad thing the skills fostered from
sport do translate over to real-world applications. [Mitchell] so being a leader on
college football team can be a lot of responsibility at times but I think when
I get overwhelmed or start to think about it too much and get in my own head
I just try to remember to be myself so the first thing I like to do is be
myself because I think I’m a natural leader and people gravitate around that
when I have high energy, a high work ethic and things like that working with
young men like myself is great but it can be difficult just because on a
football team there’s a hundred people there’s so many different personalities
so it’s hard to connect with all these different personalities but I try and do
my best to be interpersonal as possible and reach out to as many people people
as possible you might feel like staying in my own show [D. Arthur narration] not all athletes have the
same interests and passions making it an eclectic group of people right after
school right now my plan is to play pro football at one level or another
probably in Europe right now I’ve been talking to a few people over there so
that would be a cool opportunity to go live there hopefully make some kind of
money while I’m living and I’m playing another season here and
then I’m playing I think those seasons in Europe starting January so ideally I
would end my season like a month later go play there but I have a few
connections that I’ve been talking to a coach in France and then someone else in
Netherlands so we’ll see where that takes me going down the road honestly if
I could go back knowing what I know now I might pick a different school just
because how much I’ve invested in the football and this isn’t particularly a
football school in the grand scheme of things but the same time I’ve had a
great time here I wouldn’t take this experience back for anything so once
that dies out. I’m a public policy major on a Spanish minor and so I probably
want to work in the public sector I say probably because I’m not sure that could
change over time I’ve worked with a Youth Court in San
Bernandino which was a cool opportunity I was able to work with kids who were
going through this court process and that really opened my eyes to a lot of
things and how the schooling system works it all kind of started with that
the research grant that I had in my internship with the water district that
I was able to pursue since then I have kind of really gotten involved in a
spatial studies department I was a peer advisor for
my FYS titled Drones so I have a quite an extensive experience to do with drone
flight three-dimensional mapping and just kind of data analytics and
eventually my dream job and like the go-to over these past four years is to
beads is to get involved with conservation GIS you know that is my
niche like that’s what I’ve done I worked with a column for The Nature
Conservancy this last summer on Colorado truly being out there and like being
able to collect data and to send it to an organization that does something that
makes a change is such a rewarding feeling and like you feel good and
you’re helping out not only you know your direct neighbors but the entire
globe and a whole and so somewhere that I really would like truly this is the
end-all be-all for post-graduation is a position with professional services and
consulting at ESRI it’s the Environmental Systems Research Institute
where they are the leading worldwide providers at 1.2 billion dollars in
annual sales in GIS software which we are very fortunate to live three blocks
away from their headquarter campus which employs three thousand people in the
city of Redlands definitely being able to protect what this world has given to
us and to be able to manage people like that is something that I have sought out
to do. [Devin] I was very fortunate to be able to get the internship with Target this last
summer and they do a really really good job that comes to like you know exposure
and hands-on experience I mean I think it was within like two and a half weeks
was able to like you know take on take on that management team and the hardest
part about that was trying to manage people that were that maybe worked at
Target longer than I’ve even been alive I talked to my mentor and senior
managers they explained to them like it felt a little bit awkward it I almost
felt like I was at a place so they gave me really good advice
so that one as long as you show you’re coming from a good place and that
everyone’s goal is to get the work done and to know the you have value to add to the
company like the other day it all works out that was probably the first time I I
had a you know full-on you know 9-5 job when I walked away from that internship
I took away probably just communication skills managerial skills and the ability
to realize how important it is to be consistent you know because consistency
is really the keys you can’t be great one day and poor another day I really
want to get into a financial situation where like I can feel very comfortable
to where I can help out my family I feel like that’s probably the number one
reason to I have my own business you know one because it’s something I can
say I had my hand in like I kind of help create and you know potentially you’d be
able to pass it on to my own kids my vision right now it’s
just to work and then really really just take in you know businesses where if I
work at gain some insight you know in other countries kind of just see
life a little differently in the different lens and then hopefully that
can you know ultimately help me put together a business that I feel has value. [Jack] I
did end up switching from pre-med to business visit and sophomore and I
already takes an introductory business courses I found that I really love those
a lot more than the pre-med courses unfortunately I was able to finish out
pre-med track and do business and still graduate on time and so I think it’s
gonna be great decision for me because I still options initially I mean they’re
gonna get scribe certified so I can medical scribe
still with the Doctors in it now that type everything down and you’re in
charge of a lot of Records and stuff and that’s a pretty solid like 9-5 job or
chances with Nike maybe live in Portland we’ll probably go back to Seattle for
sure but first couple months and then we’ll see. [D. Arthur] I’m excited to get my degree
in business that’s why I came to this school it’s very important I think it’s
very versatile degree I’m also blessed to be able to have a job lined up for
myself after graduation with the degree I came to school for and that’s really
important when it comes back to paying student loans and other bills you know
in the real world but I truly I don’t see myself as a traditional businessman
going forward you know deeper into my life, I think you just really started
with my internship I was able to land a marketing internship position at this
small youth sports broadcasting company about 30 40 minutes away from uh school
halfway to LA very small company but it really kind of changed my trajectory of
where I saw myself this youth broadcasting company wanted
to get back into that online broadcasting for the youth sports and
they came up to me saying hey we see talent in you I I think you know you
could be in front of the camera one day talking about sports being a broadcaster
just being on the TV and that was that was really reassuring to me because I’ve
always liked one of my dream jobs have always been you know a sports
broadcaster always growing up I wanted to be like one of those one of those
people so to hear that from them was really really really eye-opening they
said they saw talent within me and they believed in me when 10 toes in on that
not only was I still do it the marketing I was now practicing two three times a
week going back and forth from school to the studio to practice hello and welcome
back to the greatest show on the web the turnaround I’m your host with the most
art Turner and courtesy of kids sports news network
I’m bringing you that fire on the daily I’m gonna take you guys on the ride that
you sports to debate and then we’ll talk about the latest news around the nation”
So I was really taking this seriously because I really saw myself
doing this one day this wasn’t even work there’s different type of work it
was the hardware you want to put in to get better
our Millennials to Mayor tiller materialistic when it comes to sports
and I’ve thought about it when I bring it back to Kanye West how you’d like to
say for African Americans are slaves to brands like Gucci Louie Jordan it’s the
same thing for kids, kids are slaves to sports brands athletes young athletes
are slaves to use sports brands and guess who’s in power and guess whose
fault this is it’s the generations before the
millenials because they’re the ones in power doing the commercials they’re the
ones in power doing the advertising” eventually I did not get put online but
the experience I did get from that and then the lessons the owners taught me
from from that experience for this was worth worthwhile and I took that
experience and I was like ok about the Graduate I don’t have a degree in
journalism broadcasting radio personality now if I start getting
creative on how I can fit into this field so I came up with the idea of this
documentary lived a dream and it’s just wanna be one of many different projects
I’m gonna embark on and to get myself within the sports industry cuz what I
want to do I don’t see myself you know as strictly a broadcaster strictly that
radio dude, strictly a journalist, I didn’t go to school for those but I do
see myself as a person building a sports media brand as a whole
within the whole sports industry not just football, basketball, you know I can
see myself internationally with international soccer and
different sports along those lines overseas my traveling background so I’m
thinking big right now and I have a lot of different ideas I want to come into
play but you know you have to start somewhere it’s the next step of you know
build a documentary kind of building that resume building different
experiences to try to stand apart from everybody else just going 100 percent
every day trying to get better at my craft and work on that [D. Arthur narration] The buck stops here the inevitable came
as athletic careers finalized for many college graduates a major chapter of
life closes but another chapter opens and the book of life still needs to be
written these new grads ready for what
light brains are off to new fields but wouldn’t be who they are today if they
didn’t live the dream

5 thoughts on “Reality of College Football Player Life Documentary: The Truth About NCAA Football (2019)

  1. Excellent documentary! Honestly, some of these big D1 schools are very overrated. With some of these small D2 D3 schools, there’s a better opportunity for the individual to grow outside of their sport and school. Teachers and coaches at these smaller schools seem to care more about the student athletes overall personal well being. I can’t wait to play at the D3 school I chose!

  2. Nicely done, I had a discussion with another player from Linfield who was downplaying D3 – You hit the point straight on, These guys go in with expectations for their education, and the sport is great, but education is primary. No one can tell me the M.I.T players are playing football for a shot at the NFL, or the Johns Hopkins player playing while looking for a shot at the big time. It is what the school offers and great if the sport is included. Like Toby we are a UMHB family as well, nicely done

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