College Football 2011: Why the College Game Beats the NFL

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College Football 2011: Why the College Game Beats the NFL
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DeMaurice Smith is executive director of the NFL Players Association.

With the threat of the lockout putting this year’s NFL season in jeopardy, hardcore football fans are going to have to look elsewhere for their fix.

While many NFL boosters do watch college games, they’re probably doing so with an eye toward next year’s draft.

It’s time to surrender to the college game and realize that the unpaid student-athletes offer a more exciting brand of football that inspires fierce loyalties and ignites rivalries that tear families apart.

That said, here are several reasons why the college game beats the NFL hands down.

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