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In Sports and Life, Athletes Know How to Win!

You’ve seen this image before. The jock in the back of the classroom; a specimen of physical perfection, but not very smart, disinterested in academics and has difficulties carrying on conversations about anything other than sports, dating, social life and pop culture. Typical characteristics include being conceited, self-centered, over-privileged, aggressive, and short-tempered. The historical origin dates back hundreds of years to when Greek and Roman athletes were criticized for spending an inordinate amount of time preparing for competition, while neglecting intellectual development. Philosophers at the time even characterized these individuals as useless and ignorant, with dull minds. However, in today’s world this couldn’t be further from the truth.     The “dumb jock” stereotype is just that, a stereotype. It carries...

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