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Fri 10 Dec 2010 - 5:52 pm UTC

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smoky
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1.) I recall seeing or hearing somewhere that "1 in 16,000 high school athletes will make it to a paid career in professiona sports" Is this correct - if not correct - what is the answer?
2.)What is the ratio or percentage of high school athletes (football, basketball, golf, etc.) who will obtain a scholarship to play that sport on a college team?
3.) What is the ratio or percentage of college football athletes who will make it to a paid career on a professional football team?
4.) What is the percentage of professional football league players who do not have a college degree?
5.) What is the average length of a professional football players career?

 
 

Fri 10 Dec 2010 - 8:32 pm UTC

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Bobbie Sevens
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Smoky,

1.) I recall seeing or hearing somewhere that "1 in 16,000 high school
athletes will make it to a paid career in professional sports" Is this
correct - if not correct - what is the answer?

According to a document by the Georgia Career Information Center "Only 1 in 16,000 high school athletes attains a professional career in sports." http://freedom.mysdhc.org/guidance/information/From%20High%20School%20to%20Pro%20Statistics.pdf?plugin=RWD&Templates=RWD&printversion=2


From the NCAA:

"Approximately eight in 10,000, or approximately 0.08 percent of high school senior boys playing interscholastic football will eventually be drafted by an NFL team."

"About 5.7 percent, or approximately one in 17, of all high school senior boys playing interscholastic football will go on to play football at a NCAA member institution."

"About 1.8 percent, or approximately one in 50, of NCAA senior football players will get drafted by a National Football League (NFL) team."

NCAA: March 2008 (cached page from the Internet archive)
http://web.archive.org/web/20080321153245/http://www.ncaa.org/research/prob_of_competing/probability_of_competing2.html



Chances of Playing Football in the NFL

5.6% of high school seniors play football at an NCAA college

2% of college seniors are drafted by NFL

.09% of high school seniors are drafted by NFL

*Statistics taken from SportKid Magazine, 2005
From "The NFL Draft - Most Will Not Make It to the League - Then What?" by Todd Kays Sport and Performance Psychologist Athletic Mind Institute
http://www.expertclick.com/NewsReleaseWire/ReleaseDetails.aspx?ID=11578&CFID=257392&CFTOKEN=12716210

See also the NCAA CHART titled "Estimated Probability of Competing in Athletics Beyond the High School Interscholastic Level"
Source: NCAA, Internet Archive, April 2008
http://web.archive.org/web/20080404223050/www.ncaa.org/research/prob_of_competing/index.html



2.) What is the ratio or percentage of high school athletes (football,
basketball, golf, etc.) who will obtain a scholarship to play that sport on a college team?

"According to recent statistics, about two percent of high school athletes are awarded athletic scholarships to compete in college."
National Collegiate Athletic Association: 3/15/2010
http://www.ncaa.org/wps/wcm/connect/public/NCAA/Resources/Behind+the+Blue+Disk/Behind+the+Blue+Disk+-+How+do+Athletics+Scholarships+Work


3.) What is the ratio or percentage of college football athletes who will
make it to a paid career on a professional football team?

1.8% of athletes will become professional athletes

The following are the percentage of NCAA student-athletes who become professional athletes in specific sports:

Men’s Basketball - 1.2%
Women’s Basketball - .9%
Football - 1.8%
Baseball - 8.9%
Men’s Ice Hockey - 3.7%
Men’s Soccer - 1.6%

National Collegiate Athletic Association: 3/15/2010
http://www.ncaa.org/wps/wcm/connect/public/NCAA/Resources/Behind+the+Blue+Disk/Behind+the+Blue+Disk+-+How+do+Athletics+Scholarships+Work



4.) What is the percentage of professional football league players who do
not have a college degree?

"More than half of players in the NFL do not have college degrees."
Bleacher Report: November 23, 2010
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/525832-usc-notre-dame-week-semipro-football-isnt-it-time

"46 percent of NFL players have a college degree."
New Orleans CityBusiness, Aug 30, 2004
http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qn4200/is_20040830/ai_n10175672/

Related information that might interest you:

NFL draft: Top schools and their graduation rates
Source: Washington Post
http://voices.washingtonpost.com/answer-sheet/sports/with-the-national-football-lea.html


5.) What is the average length of a professional football players career?
According to the NFLPA, the average career of an NFL player is 3 1/2 seasons.

"The average length of an NFL career is about 3 and a half seasons. Although there are some exceptional players who have long careers that extend 10 or twelve seasons and beyond, most players only stay active for about three seasons. Players leave the game because of injury, self-induced retirement, or being cut by the team."
NFLPA
http://www.nflplayers.com/about-us/FAQs/NFL-Hopeful-FAQs/

Shortest Careers

"The shortest careers among NFL players tends to be those who hit and get hit the most during games and practice. Running backs have the shortest average careers of just 2.57 years. Wide receivers have average careers of 2.81 years. The average career for cornerbacks is 2.94 years."

Longest Careers

"The longest careers among NFL players tends to be those who are hit the least. Kickers and punters have the longest careers, averaging 4.87 years. Quarterbacks are next with an average career of 4.44 years."
Livestrong
http://www.livestrong.com/article/15527-long-average-career-nfl-player/

"The average length of a professional football players career in the NFL was only 3.2 years"
Source:  Journal of Career Development
Volume 18, Number 4, 299-304, DOI: 10.1007/BF01352154
Career development after professional football http://www.springerlink.com/content/k27jr05446288748/


"On average, an NFL player's career lasts about three years."
MSN Money
http://moneycentral.msn.com/content/retirementandwills/escapetheratrace/p100986.asp


I hope the information provided is helpful!

Best regards,
Bobbie7

 
 

Sat 11 Dec 2010 - 12:23 am UTC

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smoky
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bobbie7

Thanks very much - absolutely excellent response with great references.

Smoky

 

Sat 11 Dec 2010 - 3:50 am UTC

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Bobbie Sevens
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Smoky,

I'm glad you are pleased with my research.

Thank you for the tip!

Best regards,
Bobbie7

 

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