(SP) – A study released today by the NCAA found that of the more than 370,000 athletes at the college level, an average of 99.2%, will go pro in something other than sports and the exact same percentage will really disappoint their dad because of it.

“There are programs all across the country at various level and in dozens of sports, male and female,” read the NCAA’s report. “But there are a very limited number of professional leagues and teams beyond the college level. That means most athletes have to make a living outside of sports after college. And despite those odds and that reality, their dads will feel at least a little bit of regret about them not going pro.”

A father who participated in the study said the findings accurately reflected his views.

“My son was a Division II basketball player in Colorado who averaged 11.3 points per game,” said the father. “I paid for countless camps and shoes and travel and training aids and whatever else for 15 years and now he works as a regional sales manager for a successful furniture company. I obviously wasted years of my life thinking he could make the NBA. He really let me down, and no amount of free furniture is going to change that.”

The study also found that a full 100% of mothers are proud of their children regardless of the profession in which they go pro.


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