In an age where we seem to go out of our way to pay tribute and honor those who dedicate their lives to serve our country, the NCAA is sticking to one rule in order to prevent a Marine who wants to simply walk on to a lowly program just to play college football from doing so.
The story of Steven Rhodes was introduced by The Daily News Journal in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Rhodes has served his five years of active duty for the U.S. Marines and now is hoping to have a chance to live out another one of his dreams to play college football. He's not trying to make it big with a top program like Alabama or Ohio State or Oregon. He simply wants the chance to live out his dream at Middle Tennessee State, who gladly accepted his phone calls and was willing to give him the opportunity. With the 2013 season just around the corner, the NCAA is saying Rhodes will have to redshirt the upcoming season because Rhodes took part in organized football activities while serving.