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Myisha Cowan, Jamaal Huff, Isaiah Hancock, Devin Diaz, CWP102: Argumentation and Research
Faculty Mentor(s): Professor Susan Mary Paige, Academic Success, Professor Jane Sullivan, College Writing Program

Covid-19 has had a profound effect on America, but nowhere more than in professional sports. Professional sport franchises are faced with bringing back their fan base. For college athletes, the physical ability to play a sport at a professional level is not always promised. Serious injuries can happen at any time, and this can affect the recruiting process. In recent years, there has been a trend in the draft for the National Football League (NFL) for college players to leave their team mid-season to prepare for the draft. Some have suggested these college players are just quitting. College athletes believe they need to consider the risks and rewards of playing out the college season before registering for the NFL draft. Another perspective is that college players are looking at the sport from a financial point of view. College athletes are not being paid by the NCAA, and if they suffer serious injury while playing college sports, they will never get the chance to play professionally, in addition to losing their college scholarships. What do the NFL fans think about this issue? Are they sympathetic to the college athlete or do they want to win at any cost? After obtaining IRB approval, we conducted a survey of college students at a D3 four-year urban college campus in upstate New York. We question participants on post-COVID-19 NFL interests regarding (a) college players' path to the NFL, (b) Do fans follow the player or do they follow the team? (c) Do they think college athletes should be paid? and (d) Will they return to their pre-Covid interest in the NFL?

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NFL and Its Influence on College Athletes
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