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Since professional sports were first introduced, players have been viewed as role models. Recently the question has been raised as to whether or not this is a proper thing for them to be. Michael Vick tortured and murdered dogs, Barry Bonds cheated his way to stardom, and countless others are just no-good, pampered divas. There are some that shine out through the mess of egotism and are devoted athletes who give back to the community. This suggests that there can be no blanket statement as to whether professional athletes should serve as role-models. Individual athletes can be evaluated as to how good a role-model they can be. There are plenty of valid criteria, but the most important of them would have to be their athleticism, their intellect, their dedication, and their integrity. These four criteria are sufficient in deciding whether or not a professional athlete is fit for being a role-model.
Before we start analyzing who is better than whom and which athlete deserves more attention and such we must clearly define what a role-model is. The simplest way to describe it is a person…