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Robert Smith
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Robert Smith

Former NFL player, ESPN college football analyst

College Is King

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It's the college level game for me.

I'm much more intimately involved with it. I get a chance to see it every week and see all the games. I get to see the pageantry and the excitement around the game. It's a totally different game to me.

When New England loses to Miami, it's big. But when Michigan loses to Appalachian State, it's just monumental.

The level of excitement is just different from week to week, and it's a totally different animal to me.

By Robert Smith  |  October 17, 2008; 12:46 PM ET  | Category:  NFL Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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I completely agree.

Reasons: College football has as much tradition as any sport in America. The pageantry is unmatched. NCAA football is more unpredictable (and therefor more exciting) than NFL. The rivalries are better.

But the real reason that College Football is better is because when a college football fan talks about his or her time, the use of the word 'we' is actually merited. I went to a big time football school. I sat in classes with football players and ate the same food in the same cafeterias. They lived in my dorms. The players and students were truly members of the same community.

You can live in a city all your life and identify with an NFL team as much as you want, but it's not the same. You don't eat with the players or see them at work. NFL players don't live down the street from you.

I think that the college game is better but that's debatable. What isn't debatable is that the culture and community in NCAA football, especially for alumni, is FAR superior to anything a bunch of corporate entertainment conglomerates can manage.

Posted by: Gavin082 | October 17, 2008 1:34 PM

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