The average NFL career is length is 3.3 years with ~$1 million a year, pre-taxes and agent fees. What will you do afterward? How will you make money? You could be like Rob Gronkowski and work hard getting sponsorships and endorsements so you can save your salary and live of the interest. You could be like some other players and get finance degrees so you could manage your money yourself afterwards. You could get a business degree and be able to works in a multitude of roles. Use that college scholarship to your advantage to set yourself up for success after your career. Whatever you chose just remember, in 2009, there was a report that 78% of retired players declared bankruptcy or gone through significant financial stress.