Essay 4 - Smith 1 Nic Smith English 1101 CRN 3381 11/17/07...

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Smith 1 Nic Smith English 1101 CRN 3381 11/17/07 Teens in Sports In today’s world more and more teenagers are skipping out on college and straight in to the professional leagues. Staying in college will give an athlete a better chance of performing well, than skipping out on school and going straight to the professional leagues. Many athletes like Maurice Clarett and Michelle Wie have not succeeded because they were either too young or too inexperienced in their sport. “Clarett was becoming a mess after his first trial and school year. Not only was he skipping out on classes, he was hurting his chances of being drafted anyway because of his bad attitude and reckless behavior, which both got him in even more trouble outside of school. He is by far the best example of what not to do as a young, promising athlete. He was too young and naïve to decide what to do involving his agent, draft position, (if any), and his social life, which never really was a prestigious aspect in his overall life.” (Simmons 33). Maurice Clarett was a fine example of what not to do if one was in his position. He was too young to decide for himself. Another athlete who failed to live up to her own hype was Michelle Wie. “When I was at the age of 13, I had no idea what I was going to try to do next. This little girl took advantage of her skill and used it to create a new image for
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Essay 4 - Smith 1 Nic Smith English 1101 CRN 3381 11/17/07...

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