Friday, June 11, 2010

GANT, SIKA DISPLAY WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A TRUE STUDENT-ATHLETE

COLUMBUS — Sometimes I think we forget that college football players are actually students first. Hence the label "student-athlete."

Two Ohio State senior football players, offensive lineman Scott Sika (Strongsville, Ohio) and safety Aaron Gant (Detroit, Michigan), will receive their degrees this Sunday during OSU Spring Commencement celebrations at Ohio Stadium.

Sika earned his degree in sport and leisure studies, while Grant received his in consumer services.

"It means a lot to me because there is a lot more to being a football player at Ohio State than on the field stuff," Sika said in a statement issued by the university Friday.

"Finishing in four years is pretty important to me and I'll be the fifth person in my family to graduate from here.

In a day and age where universities and athletes are being sanctioned by the NCAA for foul play and improper benefits (USC, Reggie Bush, etc ... ), I thought it was only right to recognize those who have actually lived up to their obligations as "student-athletes."

(Photo on the left, Aaron Gant, top, and Scott Sika, bottom)

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