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One of the world’s top models turns down riches to play college football

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Myles Crosby is a male model. If you haven’t seen him yet, the odds were that you would very soon. The 18-year-old has modeled for Calvin Klein and is allegedly “ranked” as the 11th best male model in the world.

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Myles Crosby, a top model for Calvin Klein, is among SMU's newest signees — Kim Dawson Agency

Myles Crosby, a top model for Calvin Klein, is among SMU's newest signees — Kim Dawson Agency

Yet now you almost certainly won’t see Crosby on any billboards or magazine ads, at least for the next four years. There’s a good reason for that: Crosby is turning down modeling fame and likely fortune to chase his dream to be a Division I college football player.

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As reported by the Dallas Morning News, Crosby, a senior at Colleyville (Texas) Heritage High, is expected to sign a national letter of intent with SMU on Wednesday. The defensive back racked up 118 tackles and two forced fumbles in 2012 and gained a reputation for being a hard hitting safety.

That’s what June Jones and the SMU staff will expect of Crosby when he suits up for the Mustangs, too, even if playing that way could lead to unintended negative consequences for any potential modeling future after his college career comes to a close. He spent the previous weekend on SMU's campus, and came away with nothing to deter him from his decision.

“The stereotypical model is a lot softer than I am,” Crosby told the Morning News.

At 6-foot-3 and a chiseled 205 pounds, Crosby is considered one of the industry’s fastest rising models by sites like Models.com. He posed predominantly for Calvin Klein products, gracing ads for CK jeans, underwear and even a cologne. He was featured in ads that appeared in Esquire, GQ and a handful of other major magazines.

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All of that almost guaranteed that Crosby would have a six-figure income if he wanted one, according to the director of the men’s division at the Kim Dawson Agency, a group that focuses on model representation. Still, Crosby insists that he has no hesitation about signing on to play football at SMU, both for athletic and educational reasons.

“I have a passion for football and I want an education,” Crosby said. “This modeling crap could only last another year and then I’d have no education and never get to play football. I’d regret it for the rest of my life.”

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