GEORGETOWN | What It's Like Playing NAIA Football

04/26/2016 01:56 PM

When most people think of College Football, they think of the Power Five conference teams doing battle, hopefully playing for a BCS National Championship. That is probably the most popular brand of college football, but it is not the only kind. Beyond the Major Conferences, and NCAA Divisions one, two, and three, lie the NAIA, the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.

In this level of football, full scholarships are nonexistent. At Georgetown College, the Tigers play for the love of the game. Don’t misunderstand, everybody plays to win. Georgetown is the defending Mid-South Conference champions. But as Coach Bill Cronin says, “Small Football is about the true student athlete. You use football as kind of a device, a tool, to motivate them and keep them structured.”

The players I spoke with at Georgetown College all told me that academics, and graduation, is the number one priority. So take a look and listen to another side of football. It’s small college football, that helps create big time character, and ultimately leaders.


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