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Most of You Will Not Make The NFL – But You Will Have The Opportunity To Succeed and Play in College Increase Your Life Opportunities

Most of You Will Not Make The NFL

But You Will Have The Opportunity To Succeed and Play in College Increase Your Life Opportunities

As an NFL agent and owner for many years of a company that helps athletes get recruited, and of course as a coach for almost 20 years, there is one thing that is true. Most of you, in fact almost all of you will not make the NFL. This does not mean that you are not a good player or a great player or an elite player, what that means is that I hope you have figured out what you will do one day when you are not an athlete.

I am writing this article, because as someone who has helped fulfill many athletes dreams of going to college and also even helped many go onto the NFL, I have learned one true and important fact. Almost no one makes the NFL and of the ones that do, almost none last beyond 2 years. So let’s do a little math.

NFL Salary and Longevity

The NFL minimum salary is $495,000 for 2019 rookies and players with zero credited seasons. In 2020 there minimum salary is $510,000. So if you are active for every game for two years you will make $1,005,000. That is a great pay day and even better start for the rest of your life. You cannot retire on it. After taxes you will keep approximately $600,000, maybe close to $700,000 if you have some shelters. So let’s look at the odds. But before we do it…let’s look at the average height and size of NFL players.

Average NFL Players Size By Position

  • RB- Avg. Height: 70.73 in Avg. Weight: 214.48 lbs
  • QB- Avg. Height: 75.43 in Avg. Weight: 224.97 lbs
  • WR- Avg. Height: 72.40 in Avg. Weight: 200.32 lbs
  • TE- Avg. Height: 76.54 in Avg. Weight: 254.26 lbs
  • FB- Avg. Height: 72.33 in Avg. Weight: 244.43 lbs
  • OL- Avg. Height: 76.75 in Avg. Weight: 314.16 lbs
  • DB- Avg. Height: 71.69 in Avg. Weight: 200.10 lbs
  • LB- Avg. Height: 74.04 in Avg. Weight: 244.64 lbs
  • DE- Avg. Height: 75.82 in Avg. Weight: 278.99 lbs
  • DT- Avg. Height: 75.22 in Avg. Weight: 308.97 lbs
  • K- Avg. Height: 72.19 in Avg. Weight: 202.58 lbs
  • P- Avg. Height: 73.77 in Avg. Weight: 214.32 lbs
  • LS- Avg. Height: 74.48 in Avg. Weight: 243.76 lbs

Here are some Stats From The NFL Combines

So hopefully this gives you an idea of the measurables. The measurables are just the beginning If you are under 5’8 you have a .7% chance of making it… at .7% which is below 1% of the guys that are getting drafted.

What Percentage of Players From What College Level Make the NFL

Football Participants 73,557 Approximate # Draft Eligible 16,346 #Drafted 256 #Drafted This Past Year From NCAA 255 Percentage Drafted 1.6%

The number is actually lower is probably lower when you declare how many make it to the 53 Man Roster.

What Should We Understand

The percentage of players playing football and making college is 7.1% but we do not have statistics on the number of players actually interested in playing in college….So the stats of overall HS players getting drafted in the NFL when calculated for the total number of football players in high school is .02% ,which to give you perspective, is very low.

So where is the opportunity. The opportunity is for a great athlete and a great student to merge the two to get an opportunity to get to college and play football. With the money available in college, even with financial aid at the D3 level its important to understand that you can play at some level of college and if you are an elite athlete you can get a scholarship. When I tell athletes to dream big there are some very important things they must do in order to make there dreams a reality. Here is an example of what their goals wall should start with:

Lofty Goals Athletically and Academically With Actions

So below I listed both academic and athletic goals with actions. These are purely samples, but it gives you an idea of what you can do in high school and in college to achieve the things you want to achieve. This will help you develop simultaneous goals and actions that allow you to focus on being the best you can be in all facets. What this will do is when one door possibly closes, another will open and when you have an opportunity you will see it. You will also see the opportunity to do both avenues at the same time without adding extra time or pressure to accomplishing your goals. The mistake people and students make is that they:

  1. Never Set Goals or set them improperly
  2. Never Put Action Plans to accomplishing those goals

See below the examples of a very simple goal and action plan

As you can see these set the framework of what has to be done. I always so that these are fluid items that can be changed as often as you want, but it gives the true framework to start knocking down some goals. You can do this as subsets of goals and get as detailed as you want. You can set strength goals, testing goals and much much more, but it all starts with your high level framing. Once you do that you vastly increase simultaneous success in multiple but related areas and give you the ability to measure your actions verse your goals and create a much better outcome.

By David Schuman

David Schuman @nucfootball on twitter @daveschuman on instagram

@nuc_football on instagram

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The 5 Ways You Can Become Your Very Best In Whatever You Do!

The 5 Ways You Can Become Your Very Best In Whatever You Do!

The Focus From An Athletics and Business Perspective

The art of doing your very best, I will go through five things that people can do today, that can help you become your very best. One of the biggest mistakes that people make in athletics and business. My main two main focuses are athletics and business, because I’ve being a football coach for almost 16 years, and that for 16 years now, and I’ve operated my business for almost as long. I’ve ridden the highs and lows of that, and as an athlete myself, playing Division one football ,at the University of Connecticut, and riding the highs and lows of being a starter, to be in to being out for a year, to having to come back to being your starter, and grinding to have that success again.

I think I’ve learned a ton about, what it takes to be your very best, and it’s something that’s a daily struggle for every single human being on earth. If you want to successful in what you do then it will always be a challenge. In this article, I want to give you some things that can help you in the process of trying to be your very best.

  • Understanding Your Actionable Goals

Number one: Understanding, understanding what your actionable goals are, and what do I mean by that? is you have things that you want to accomplish either on a daily, or yearly basis, or monthly basis, and you have to have actions for those things, in order to accomplish them.

So, for example if your goal in business is to generate 500,000 dollars in sales in the next six months. Okay, you have to have actual items that are going to take care of each of those things, so let’s start with some things that could be actionable in order to do that. A great example would be creating a Facebook Ads campaign targeting the New York City marketplace in finance. Okay, or financial planning something along those lines, you target that, and then you have the opportunity then to run those ads and generate leads, so that’s a step towards being your best and making that an actual goal.

Another specific actionable goal, might be to hire five salesmen on a commission level, giving them 20 percent commission for every sale that they get, and trying to generate for them a hundred leads a week, that they can follow up on. That’s an actionable goal that you could provide for people that work for you in order to generate an opportunity for you to get those sales, so actionable goals it’s not enough to just have $500,000 in the next six months in sales, you have to have actionable goals behind it, so that’s the first and most important thing.

  • Have A Process That Is Measurable

The second thing that’s real important, and critical to being your very best, is to have a process, a process that you go through every single day, in order to take steps towards your actionable goals, so what is your process, how do you come up with ideas, how do you brainstorm, how do you figure out ways to do things? If you’re an athlete, and your goal is to be first team All-County defensive back, and you’re gonna do that by training five times a week, for an hour a day, a half hour on strength, half hour on speed, and then two times per week catching balls every single a week, those are actual goals then the process is how you go about doing that.

When you go out and catch balls,you’re gonna catch 50 balls each time, you’re going to have your eyes on the ball as it comes all the way in, you’re gonna extend your arms, you’re gonna pull the ball all the way in, secure the football, turn up field and run. Okay, there’s your process, you have your actionable goals, you have your process, and you have to have that every single day, in order to gain steps towards your actual goal. So, that’s number two; having a process. So, number one, is having actionable goals, number two is having a process to reach those actionable goals.

  • Have Long Term Vision

Number three; is to have a long-term vision is, what is it that you dream about at the highest level in accomplishing? Not just goals, but what do you dream about being? when you have that vision, that vision has to be drawn out, or written out, whether you’re a visual person, or textual person, somebody who or — even if you’re someone that’s an audio person, you have to have a way that you can remind yourself of your vision every single day, every single day you have to remind yourself of your vision.

A vision is; Neil Armstrong landing on the moon, NASA’s vision and John F Kennedy’s vision was to put a man on the moon, that was the vision, they had a lot of actionable goals along the way, a lot of processes that were in place, but the vision was to put a man on the moon. Okay, and you have to make sure you have the vision, and once that vision did get accomplished, no one can forget Neil Armstrong taking the very first steps, and landing on the moon. So, number three is having a vision.

  • Holding Yourself Accountable

Number four; accountability, you must be accountable to all those things, your vision your actionable goals, and your processes. How are you judging yourself, and how are you holding yourself accountable, or having someone else that is holding you accountable? You must be held accountable, for all of the things that you have is actionable goals, your processes and your vision. Holding ourselves accountable requires a self-reporting process, tracking. Okay, a self-reporting process and tracking of what is getting done, this can simply be a checklist. Okay, and I see all the time people say, you shouldn’t have a to-do list, it disappoints you, lets you down.

There’s a difference between having a checklist, and a to-do list, and you make it simple, you have that accountable thing, that you have to have for you each week, and you limit it to somewhere between three and ten items, that each week you’re accountable for, and you can put that on a monthly basis as well, or yearly basis. If you’re doing a yearly basis, that goes along with your vision, and your actionable goals, and you might have three items, a weekly basis somewhere between three and ten items, that you can hold yourself accountable, that you can say yes I did, or I didn’t. And I listened to when people say, I’ll get rid of your to-do lists, however you do it, you need to have a checklist. You can do it in Evernote, which is a program that you could use on your computer, you could use it with paper, and post it on your wall, and you have to be accountable to yourself, in order to have the actual ability to be able to reach the next step.

  • Create A Self Imposed Reward System

Number five, and this is the — maybe the most important thing; you must create a reward system for yourself, how are you rewarding yourself? For each process along the way, how are you reward yourself for accountability, in football, as a football coach, we have a very defined reward system. Okay, a team winning or losing a game is a very definitive reward system, at the end of the year, you can see your record and have a pretty good idea how you did. Okay, if you accomplished all those things that you wanted to as a team. as an individual, okay as a coach, you could have all those items that you have, and maybe wins and losses wasn’t your only measurable things.

So, you might have to have a reward system based off of participation. You might have a reward system based off of what percentage of guys got in the weight room this year versus last year. You must have a reward system that measures and rewards you for what you accomplish. An example of another reward system that measures you, could be how many points your team scored in the season. An Individual may create a reward based on how many touchdowns you scored, but a better reward system would be, how many touchdown you scored, and then how many times you then rewarded the lineman who blocked for you, or the quarterback who threw you the ball but the most important thing is to create a reward system.

So, once you have that as your reward a win, or a loss, or a touchdown, then you create on top of that reward system, what I call supplemental rewards. If you accomplished your rewards, and your goals in a game, or in a week, or in a month. You might take yourself out to dinner something small, or if you’re in a relationship, you might reward your spouse by taking them on a vacation or to dinner, small rewards that reinforce the fact that you’re doing the right thing from a process standpoint, from accountability standpoint, from a vision standpoint, you must make sure that you take care of those things. Creating a reward system is the feedback that you need in order to keep doing each one of those other four areas. So, number one is actionable goals; number two, having a process, number three, having a vision. Creating a vision is number three; number four, accountability, and reporting, and number five, having a reward system, that you can track, to make sure you are reinforced, with proper feedback positive and negative, in order to be able to accomplish everything and to be your very best.

Being your very best, if you follow those five steps, you will create the opportunity to being your very best. Being your very best, does it mean that you are matching, or competing with anybody other than yourself? By learning to compete with yourself, you will then be able to compete with others effectively. You will learn to help others effectively, you will be able to figure out things that are most important to you, and to be your very best means the best that you possibly can do. It does not mean beating yourself up, by comparing yourself to others, but being your very best, being your best competitor, in order to accomplish all the things, you want to accom

by David Schuman @nucfootball on twitter and @daveschuman on instagram

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