Statistically student athletes are more likely to become a brain surgeon than a professional in their respected sport. Only a select few are talented and fortunate enough to play at the next level. For this reason it's important for student athletes to understand there are other ways to leverage their experience and contacts. If you are playing sports at a major university chances are you'll have an opportunity to socialize with future millionaires. Take the back up point guard at Kentucky for example. As much as I hate Kentucky right now they will probably turn out 12 to 15 pro players in the next 4 years. If you're the back up point guard during those years you can develop a close relationship with those players. After your college days are over you can become an agent, or a broker, or a car salesman and start out with high end clients with influence and expendable income. Even though the back up point guard didn't make the pros he can solicit his services and talents among pro players. No one should give up on their dreams, but it's helpful to have an insurance policy if things don't go the way they were anticipated. Student athletes should use all the angles to ensure their success in life after sports. Think about that.
PS. A special congrats to Rich Cho, the new GM of the Portland Trailblazers and the first Asian American executive in the NBA We're all real proud of you.