Column: Reality hits, life after sports

by Harrison Berkland
edited by Bryce Johnson

In college, life after sports can often be extremely challenging and rewarding for people who have been playing sports for their entire lives.

Roughly 41 percent of Franklin Pierce University’s student body are athletes, so more than two-fifths of the campus will have to face life without sports at some point.

Athletes are accustomed to having a few weeks off every year in the off-season to let their bodies heal after their seasons have ended, but completing your senior sports season is a far different experience. Having so much extra time during the day comes with mixed reviews from former student athletes.

Demitri Moreno, who just wrapped up his senior season of which he was also captain of the sprint football team, said, “Not having practice and lifts everyday is really strange. Although I no longer have to wake up at six a.m. I still catch myself waking up. It’s both a curse and a blessing.”

Former FPU ice hockey player Joe Villari said, “The toughest aspect for me about not playing has to be not getting to see all the guys. You develop such a strong bond with your teammates and then when you’re all done playing you do not get to see everybody as much.”

One positive aspect of the “NARP” (non-athletic real people) life, as former sprint football team captain Tim Delano calls it, is that he is able to complete his school work during the times where he would usually be at practice or team meetings.

Playing a sport means that you are constantly getting exercise but also putting a lot of wear and tear on your body at the same time. Senior sprint football player Will Hart said, “As rough as the game of football has been on my body, I am definitely going to miss the practices and games. There’s nothing quite like playing games. However, I know that my body is going to be extremely thankful that it’s all over.”

At some point everybody’s athletic career comes to an end and everybody will react to the “NARP” life in their own way at their own speed.

(Photo: Total Pro Sports)

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