NBA, NFL, NHL, MLB
Sound familiar? FBI, CIA, DIA...
It's not just about bread and circus. Organized sports leagues capture those with the Will to do what it takes to compete and win at the cost of great personal sacrifice. Where would those individuals be if they didn't have sports? They'd be captains of industry, world visionaries, and leaders of the advancement of civilization. The money and fame offered by pro sports is intended to entice and capture talent that might otherwise advance mankind toward independence and freedom.
I don't know if I truly believe this in full. While I never played professional sports, I was involved in sports my whole life. I played collegiate football for USF when they were in conference USA prior to them moving into the larger, more well-known Big East Conference. Most of the players, while physically gifted athletes, aren't very intelligent, emotionally unstable, and desperate to make a name for themselves in order to elevate their income and social status. I can't imagine these people being field generals or leading a revolution of the people.
Most of these people are intrinsically driven by greed and ego and want nothing less than to create an image or brand for themselves. I would honestly consider most of these people to be more like turncoats in a rebellion offering their services and allegiance to the highest-paying bidder. You see that now in professional sports as most people aren't concerned about team building, championships, or comradery anymore as they often leave and change teams for the most lucrative contract...
Their nature is a product of their nurture. Were they raised to idolize Socrates and Newton, rather than Brady and Jordan, perhaps their wills would have taken their lives in a different direction.
What position did you play? I played center in high school.
I always played both sides in high school. On offense, I was starting Quarterback, and on defense, I was Strong Side Safety. However, they moved me to outside linebacker when I played in college, but I was also their last resort 3rd string quarterback should anything happen, as I had an arm and the experience to run an offense. I was decently fast for 6'5", 347lbs, but not fast enough for all the bootlegging quarterback option plays they wanted to run on offense at the time.
I was traditionally a strong and accurate pocket passer, but that was becoming a dying art/trade while I was in college. Fast black quarterbacks were all the rave when I was coming up. I always said I was about 10-15 years too late for my style of quarterbacking for both professional and college. I look back at some of my idols growing up, Montana, Marino, Elway, and Simms ( I was a Giants fan). I can't help but wonder, with maybe the exception of Elway, if anyone of those Quarterbacks could even make it in the league today, as it's a totally different game than when they played.
Props for being a center. Unless you've played football, you don't truly understand how important and how hard that position is! It is probably by far one of the most underrated positions in the sport right there with a fullback. I know my center in high school ended up being one of my good friends. We had such good chemistry, which is important for a quarterback and center to have, that we went undefeated my senior year, and I broke almost all my highschools passing records at the time.