Beating the odds
Players who have made it to the NFL have beaten the odds. It requires and enormous base level talent to reach the NFL.
- Only 6.5% of high school players make it to the NCAA.
- Only one .6% of NCAA players make it to the NFL.
- That translates to just under two players out of 100 of every draft eligible NCAA football players.
- On average, there will be 300 rookies making a team yearly.
- One of the most startling facts about the NFL is that only 150 of all NFL players each year ever reach year four!
It is important that those football players fortunate enough to make it to the NCAA level, understand the odds of becoming an NFL player.
By no means should understanding the odds deter anyone from chasing their dream if that is their goal.
Those incredible odds should help those aspiring NFL players realize they will have to have more than just talent to move to the pinnacle of their profession. Excelling not only on the field, but in the classroom.
Know your position, but also have a clear understanding of the other positions and how they relate to you. Be not only a great teammate but a leader as well. These are areas outside of talent that can help you reach the next level.
You would think the players who make it to the NFL and beyond four years have a certain degree of security. In most cases, even with the great players I have found a certain degree of insecurity. Not lacking confidence in any way, but an understanding there is always someone out there who could possibly take their job if they became complacent or comfortable.
More often than not great players are the most consistent, hardest working, best conditioned players on the team. They are also extremely reluctant to miss practice or games. The small degree of insecurity helps the players maintain their edge.
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