Not many athletes make it into the NFL. Out of the 15,588 student athletes playing football, only 256 of those athletes would be drafted into the NFL. Only 0.008% of all high school athletes get drafted.
The only known copy of the first ever Super Bowl is unavailable for public view. The tape is currently tied up in a legal battle between its owner and the NFL.
The average NFL career lasts about three years; nearly 80 percent of players are bankrupt within three years of retirement.
Former NFL player James Brooks was found to be illiterate when he was unable to read court documents after admitting to not paying over $100k in child support. When the judge asked how he graduated from Auburn without being able to read, he said, “Didn’t have to go to to class.”
78% of former NFL players are broke or under financial stress 2 years after retirement. 60% of former NBA players are broke 5 years after retirement.
NFL Hall of Famer, Terry Bradshaw, and Duck Dynasty cast member, Phil Robertson, played collegiate football together. He started over the future football legend for two years and eventually turned down an offer to play professionally in order to pursue hunting.
During WWII, the NFL lost a lot of players because they left for military service. As a result, by the 1943 NFL season, the Philadelphia Eagles and Pittsburgh Steelers were forced to merge into one team called the Pennsylvania Steagles.
Only one NFL player has died on the field: Chuck Hughes in 1971. The game continued with a silent crowd.
NFL defensive tackle Amobi Okoye is the youngest player ever to play in the NFL. After testing into 9th grade at 12 and graduating at 16, he chose to play NCAA football at Louisville (though he was accepted to Harvard) before graduating early and being drafted by the Texans at the age of 19.
During the 1943 NFL season, both the Philadelphia Eagles and the Pittsburgh Steelers had lost so many players to military service during WW2, that they were forced to temporarily merge in to the Steagles.