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What do I have to be in a good college to play for the NFL?

I want to be in the NFL but am not too smart #football #sports #professional-sports #college


You don't have to have a specific major. NFL focuses on your athletic abilities and how well you played for your collegiate team. You don't have to be incredibly smart to play for a collegiate team either. They recruit you based off of your football talents. Now, that being said, you still have to maintain a passing GPA in high school and college. Because of this, prospective NFL players usually take easier course loads and less-specific majors in college, such as psychology or economics. You usually don't see many prospective NFL players in college take difficult, specific majors, such as chemical engineering or cellular biology. Ramtin M.

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There is no such thing as being too smart for the NFL. The Ivy League schools are all technically D1. Ryan Fitzpatrick, currently starting quarterback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, studied economics at Harvard: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ryan_Fitzpatrick. John Urschel was a guard for the Baltimore Ravens before leaving to pursue a PhD in math at MIT: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/early-lead/wp/2017/07/27/at-age-26-ravens-john-urschel-retires-from-nfl-to-pursue-phd-in-math-at-mit/


But as you'll read in that article on John Urschel, playing football, particularly at the professional level, poses enormous risk of brain injury. If you're a strong student, consider what you'd want to be doing long-term. Playing in the NFL won't last forever, but a degree in mathematics can lead to jobs in finance, technology, consulting — really anything technical. Even within the NFL, it's the players at the very top making the most money and getting the most attention. NFL contracts also aren't guaranteed, and so even if you make it to the big time, the team can cut you and you won't get everything you were promised: https://www.oregonlive.com/nfl/index.ssf/2017/07/nfl_players_express_annual_sho.html.


Unless you are truly a legend at football, my advice to you would be to focus on academics and pursuing a career.


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David O.’s Answer

If you have the talent, then the best answer is to work harder than everyone else. Hard work can beat talent every time! Take your talent and work harder than everyone else.

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Jessica’s Answer

The nfl focuses more on your athletic abilities not your academic abilities.

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