Real Athlete

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A Real Athlete Many people consider a person that plays a sport a so-called "Athlete." Others perceive them as a "dumb jock." What exactly is a "Real Athlete?" Is it an overweight pitcher that can't even hit a ball, or maybe it's a pro golfer that rides in a golf cart. It's amazing to see people making millions of dollars for doing so little. An athlete is someone who has the heart, skill, and the work ethic that it takes to win. Webster's dictionary defines an athlete as "one who is trained or skilled in exercise, sports, or games requiring physical strength, agility, or stamina." Although society views an athlete as a competitor in a sporting event, it is really a person that is talented, well trained, self confident, highly motivated, disciplined, balanced in their abilities, and has all the physical attributes that it takes to play many different sports.

Sporting events are America's pastime. Many different people with all kinds of skill play these sports. You don't have to be the best to be considered a "Real Athlete." If you play hard and excel in different aspects of a game then you are a "Real Athlete." If a person dedicates all of their time to baseball or softball and all they do is stand on a mound and throw a ball, are they considered a "Real Athlete?" No. They may be considered a great pitcher, but as far as showcasing athletic ability, very little is actually shown. If that pitcher were also good enough to play another position, or even bat for himself, then he or she would be considered a "Real Athlete." Have you ever seen a kicker in the NFL do anything besides kick? It's very rare. Is this effort...

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