Pat Tillman Role Model

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Kobe runs up and down the court like a cheetah, dribbling the ball, shooting threes, taking layups, practically playing with the other team. The crowd is cheering louder than a plane taking off the runway, and all eyes are on Kobe. Then, all of a sudden, he feels a searing pain in his thigh. He just tore his hamstring, and he knew it immediately. He fell to the floor, tears starting to run down his face. The coach ran to him, and asked him if he could play through the injury. Kobe couldn’t even get his words out to say, “No.” All his coach heard were painful screams that almost made the coach himself shed a tear. Kobe was definitely out for the rest of the season, which had so far been completely carried by him. Fortunately, Kobe …show more content…
According to The 25 Most Inspirational Athletes in Sports History, “Pat Tillman was one of the most patriotic athletes that this country has ever seen. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 2002, just a year after his fourth season with the Arizona Cardinals. Sadly, he was killed in Afghanistan from friendly fire in 2004, nearly two years after he joined the military. Tillman has inspired many for his ultimate sacrifice for his country.” If Pat Tillman isn’t a inspiration to at least one college student-athlete, then there is something wrong. Many college athletes look up to him and follow his path, by joining the military after they finish college and their sports. Also according to The 25 Most Inspirational Athletes in Sports History, “Michael Oher's story is one of the best ones in American sports history. With no parental supervision and nowhere to turn, a Mississippi family decided to take him in and make them a part of their family. He later become a football star at Ole Miss and is now a starting right tackle for the Baltimore Ravens in the NFL. His story has inspired many around the world and is captured in the movie The Blind Side.” Some kids grow up like Michael Oher, and are stuck in his situation. Well, doing well in school (which Michael was pushed to do) gave him the opportunity to go to Ole Miss University, a school that has great athletics, and great …show more content…
According to the chart provided by NCAA Graduation Rates, in 2002 the graduation rate of NCAA athletes was 74%. Presently, in 2017, the graduation rate has gone up drastically, as it is currently 87%. Every year, the NCAA requires the universities and colleges to send in their graduation rates of their athletes. This is 90% based on the coach’s influence upon the athlete, as it could have a big effect on the student. In 2002, the coaches were more concerned with winning rather than making sure their athletes were doing well in school. Nowadays though, the coaches care a lot more about their athletes academics. Also, according to Leadership: Athletes and Coaches in Sport, “A coach’s successful leadership changes an athlete’s behavior as a function of the coach’s effort and gets others to behave as the manager/coach intends them to behave,” and, “Effective leadership in coaching occurs when athletes perform in accordance with the coach’s intentions while finding their own needs satisfied.” This shows that good coaches will lead their athletes in one direction - to succeed in both athletics (coach’s needs) and academics (athlete’s needs). Along with that, these great coaches will also focus more on helping their athletes with their future, and life after the

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