Posted by Big Ron on July 11, 21 at 11:23:40:
In Reply to: Football Minor League or College posted by Rim Devil on July 10, 21 at 22:34:52:
One difference - football is more physically demanding than baseball. Spending years in minor league football might shorten a players NFL longevity which is already only 3.3 years on average.
Today, only about 3% of college football players make it to the NFL. That means that today about 10,900 college players that do not make it to the NFL still get a chance for a college degree. Will the vast majority need to throw that scholarship away for a 3% chance at pro ball by joining a football minor league?
Maybe the sport needs a football Rumspringa. Allow a player a 1 or 2 year period after HS to try pro sports without sacrificing his chance to accept a college scholarship. A couple hundred players might make NFL squads. The thousands of others could then sign letters of intent to play at the college level. Everybody wins. The players start college with good coaching with some money in their pockets. The college coaches get a good assessment of the players talents. Then players that bloom during their college career can once again try for for the NFL - but this time with a college education to fall back on.
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