I deal with kids who think they are going to play in the NBA. I try to get them to come up with a back-up plan, and they don't want to hear it. I'm even positive-I point out how many professional sports careers have been cut short by injuries. I tell them that for every professional athlete, there are plenty of people working behind the scenes to make that person/team successful.
Incidentally, there are plenty of jobs out there for people with degrees in psychology. State governments need them for their foster care, CPS, delinquency, mental health and prison systems. As far as foster care and delinquency are concerned, there are also plenty of private agencies that are always hiring.
My air conditioning man will make more in his career than the average pro-ball player.
So you are a high school athlete and you say that you want to be an NFL football player? Then you better sit down and take a hard look at these facts:
According to the NFL Players Association, about 100,000 high school students play football.
Of those high school players, 215 will go on to play for an NFL team.
Therefore, only 0.2 percent of all high school football players will make it to the NFL.
About 9,000 players make it to the college level.
If a player makes it to college about 310 of them will actually make it to the NFL draft.
The NFL roster cap is 53 players and there are 32 teams, so there are 1,696 players in the NFL each season.
The NFL Players Association indicates that the average football player's career is only three seasons long. Most players do not have guaranteed contracts, and may find themselves suddenly out of work because they were cut or because of injury. Around 400 NFL players end their NFL careers each year.
While the NFL's big-name stars may earn millions each year, average NFL players do not. In 2010, the minimum wage was $325,000 a season for rookies, going up to $395,000 in a player's second year and $470,000 in their third year.
So my AC guy who earns about $200K per year (by working his ass off) will make something like $6,000,000 over 30 years (half of which will go to his eventually ex wife, but I digress), and your average sports pro will make $1.2 million in his sports career and then have to make his living selling cars or underwear assuming he's good looking enough.
You have realistic goals, when you reach those goals then you can work on your dreams.
Having a dream is all fun and dandy, but it doesn't pay the bills or the mortgage. Have a dream, but live in reality.
The excuse many losers have is that because they didn't achieve their dream, they have a right to do nothing.
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