Balancing academics with athletics is juggling act

Tommy Leggett has never had any issues handling the juggling act of academics and athletics.

Not during his days at Navarre and not now as a defensive standout for Texas Tech.

“I’ve been able to keep my GPA up above a 3.0 the whole time,” Leggett said. “The time commitment of football and school, and the demanding schedule that comes with it, is tough, but it’s not too much of a problem. You have to find time to take some naps in between, but other than that, it’s all good.”

Leggett is among the more than 460,000 NCAA student-athletes across the country who must embrace rather than run from the challenge that comes with balancing athletics and academics.

Many involved in athletics view playing a sport in college as a full-time job. In fact, in 2014, the National Labor Relations Board in Chicago ruled that Northwestern’s football players could form a union because they are considered employees of the university.

Estimates by the NCAA show that student-athletes spend an average of 33 hours per week in their sport and 39 hours in the classroom and studying.

Read the full article in the Jan. 23 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at for as little as $38 per year.

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