05-28-2011 04:40 PM

Playing major college sports borders on a full-time gig. Games, practice and travel. Conditioning, film study and community appearances.

Oh, and did someone mention academics?

But contrary to what some maintain, scholarship athletes are not modern-day indentured servants.

Their tuition, room and board are covered, a wonderful benefit considering the U.S. Census Bureau says the average annual salary for a worker with a bachelor’s degree is 72 percent higher than for someone with only a high school diploma.

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