I understand that reaching the professional level is unbelievably hard and takes time and dedication. Special and unique skill sets deserve more money. However, the chance to even have a shot at playing a sport for money is a privilege that is protected by the men and women of our armed forces and an athlete’s skills would be useless without that protection.
While I’m not sure how this problem could be fixed, people need to realize that the problem exists. As a friend of mine told me, “I think a man with a helmet defending his country should make more money than a man with a helmet defending a football.”