Since 1990, 479 underclassmen have applied for the draft, and 332 of them were actually drafted. Seventy percent got selected, which doesn't sound bad until you stop and think about the 30 percent who gave up the opportunity for a college degree and landed up with a rookie minimum contract ... or no contract at all. Only 131 were selected in the first round.
I can see the rationale these young men considered when they left school. In my opinion, only 27 percent of the underclassmen who declared for the draft since 1990 made a good decision about their football careers.
But forget football for a second. All of these 479 young people quit on their education. In my 10 years in the NFL, I didn't see many of them return for a degree. They all talk about returning to school some day, but without a scholarship, the study halls and the tutoring they had when on the College Football team, it is unrealistic to think it will ever happen.
Here are some numbers to ponder: A college graduate who never makes a living in the NFL will get cut, go home and on average make over $600,000 more money over his chosen career than the guy without a degree who gets cut. These players are abandoning a free college education to go pro even though the chances of lasting four years in the NFL is less than 20 percent.
Absolutely not. Many of the players are not college graduates.
About 50 percent of NFL players have college degrees. This is an increase from the 1980's when only 41 percent of NFL players had college degrees.
As of 2012, it is 2.4%.
< 1% of College Players < 0.01% of High School Players
40 percent ^^^ Say huh? Not hardly. The NFL Player's Association calculates the percentage to be about 2.4%
All current NFL players have attended a college. However, some players entered the NFL draft before they graduated from college. To get into the NFL, you must first be drafted by an NFL team in the college draft. Therefore, you would have to go to college to get to the NFL.
No. Not all college football players go to the NFL, not even all division 3 college football players go into the NFL
The NFL drafts 256 players out of college each year.
NFL=46% NBA=25% Soccer= 28-43%
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The players who didn't go to college of players who when to a bad college.
As players, zero.
They don't- they pay their agents to do it for them. They state their name and high school name, city and state.
450 players get picked in the nfl draft
NFL players are not required to attend college. Still, it is quite difficult for a football player to gain the skills necessary to play in the NFL without playing college football. Still, a few European soccer players have been kickers in the NFL.