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Dan Wolken Rephrased: How to get Undrafted by the NFL in One Easy Step

What is the aver­age Arena Foot­ball League salary?
A:
QUICK ANSWER
The Arena Foot­ball League’s col­lec­tive bar­gain­ing agree­ment states that play­ers are paid $830 per game, which amounts to a salary of $14,940 over an 18-​game season.

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The same day that we’ve seen the story of Ever­green Col­lege join­ing Miz­zou in floun­der­ing in terms of enroll­ment and bud­get Dan Wolken at USA today show some folks still haven’t got a clue:

it’s an inter­est­ing ques­tion: What would hap­pen if a star col­lege foot­ball player, par­tic­u­larly at a high-​profile school in the deep South, wore a Black Lives Mat­ter shirt dur­ing warmups or used a postgame media ses­sion to talk about police bru­tal­ity and racial pro­fil­ing rather than the game?

What would the con­se­quences be for the school? What kind of pres­sure would con­ser­v­a­tive white fans put on the coach to denounce it pub­licly? And in turn, what would the recruit­ing con­se­quences be for the coach if he tried to silence or sti­fle a player bring­ing light to an issue?

“It’s an entirely dif­fer­ent dynamic because the coach in col­lege holds absolute sway,” Curry said. “I would pray that nobody would say, ‘I’m tak­ing your schol­ar­ship away,’ and I don’t think I know any­body that would do a thing like that, but that’s what is pos­si­ble at the col­lege level.”

Given the cur­rent cli­mate, it’s only a mat­ter of time before some­one tests that the­ory. And given how scared ath­letic depart­ments are right now about this very sce­nario, even with­out an anthem to kneel for, col­lege foot­ball play­ers might find out they have more power and a louder voice than they ever knew.

For a moment let’s ignore the pos­si­bil­ity of boost­ers pulling their funds, enroll­ment drop­ping like a rock and poten­tial recruits decid­ing they’d have a bet­ter chance mak­ing the NFL play­ing some­where else (and let’s face it nobody on a foot­ball schol­ar­ship is not think­ing about their best chance to make the NFL) and let’s look at a basic fact.

While I’ve argued that Colin Kaeper­nick has pretty much him­self to blame for not being signed to a big money con­tract, or any con­tract to this point the fact is he is an estab­lished NFL quar­ter­back who was at one point a star NFL quar­ter­back. There is no ques­tion that he is good enough and skilled enough to play in this league (per­haps not at the level he once did) If he had gone 102 as a starter rather than 210 no amount of protests would have kept him from a start­ing job some­where and give the nature of foot­ball, sooner or later injury or per­for­mance will cause a team to offer him a con­tract as a backup and only stub­born pride will keep him from a seven fig­ure salary and while some fans might get pissed at his sign­ing the sus­tained level of anger will be directly pro­por­tional to the num­ber of wins he pro­duces and if he helps a team get to the playoffs.

None of that can be said about any col­lege player.

No mat­ter how good a player does at the col­lege level, no mat­ter how strong a player per­forms at the com­bine, no mat­ter how much hype comes with a player, there is absolutely no guar­an­tee that a col­lege player, even one drafted in the first round or a Heis­man Tro­phy win­ner, will make it in the NFL, and even less of a guar­an­tee that such a player will be an impact player.

So if you are a head coach or a scout for an NFL team, how will­ing are you going to be to risk a high draft pick (let alone a 1st round pick) on a player who is going to cause dis­rup­tion for your team even before the first reg­u­lar sea­son game is played?

I’m bet­ting not very.

Wade Davis not with­stand­ing a col­lege player decid­ing to become a social jus­tice war­rior on the field might play well on the new woke ESPN but it’s a great way for a poten­tial 1st round pick to slip to the 3rd or below with all the sub­se­quent salary drop such a move entails an easy way for a poten­tial 2nd or 3rd round pick to become a can­di­date for Mr. Irrel­e­vant and spec­tac­u­lar way for 4th-​7th round pick to end up con­sid­er­ing an excit­ing career in Cana­dian or arena foot­ball because for every guy who makes an nfl ros­ter there are a dozen guys or more already with proven NFL expe­ri­ence ready to bust their asses to earn a ros­ter spot for them­selves and the dif­fer­ence between that 53rd and final ros­ter spot and that 54th spot off of it isn’t as big as you might suppose.

It costs noth­ing for a social jus­tice war­rior to urge you to risk a chance for an NFL pay­day but when they do remem­ber that at the cur­rent US min­i­mum wage of $15,600 it will take you 27.8 years to earn as much as the NFL rookie min­i­mum salary for 2015 ($435K )

So col­lege player think long and hard before you decide to become anyone’s use­ful idiot.

What is the average Arena Football League salary?
A:
QUICK ANSWER
The Arena Football League’s collective bargaining agreement states that players are paid $830 per game, which amounts to a salary of $14,940 over an 18-game season.

Reference.com

The same day that we’ve seen the story of Evergreen College joining Mizzou in floundering in terms of enrollment and budget Dan Wolken at USA today show some folks still haven’t got a clue:

 it’s an interesting question: What would happen if a star college football player, particularly at a high-profile school in the deep South, wore a Black Lives Matter shirt during warmups or used a postgame media session to talk about police brutality and racial profiling rather than the game?

What would the consequences be for the school? What kind of pressure would conservative white fans put on the coach to denounce it publicly? And in turn, what would the recruiting consequences be for the coach if he tried to silence or stifle a player bringing light to an issue?

“It’s an entirely different dynamic because the coach in college holds absolute sway,” Curry said. “I would pray that nobody would say, ‘I’m taking your scholarship away,’ and I don’t think I know anybody that would do a thing like that, but that’s what is possible at the college level.”

Given the current climate, it’s only a matter of time before someone tests that theory. And given how scared athletic departments are right now about this very scenario, even without an anthem to kneel for, college football players might find out they have more power and a louder voice than they ever knew.

For a moment let’s ignore the possibility of boosters pulling their funds, enrollment dropping like a rock and potential recruits deciding they’d have a better chance making the NFL playing somewhere else (and let’s face it nobody on a football scholarship is not thinking about their best chance to make the NFL) and let’s look at a basic fact.

While I’ve argued that Colin Kaepernick has pretty much himself to blame for not being signed to a big money contract, or any contract to this point the fact is he is an established NFL quarterback who was at one point a star NFL quarterback.  There is no question that he is good enough and skilled enough to play in this league (perhaps not at the level he once did) If he had gone 10-2 as a starter rather than 2-10 no amount of protests would have kept him from a starting job somewhere and give the nature of football,  sooner or later injury or performance will cause a team to offer him a contract as a backup and only stubborn pride will keep him from a seven figure salary and while some fans might get pissed at his signing the sustained level of anger will be directly proportional to the number of wins he produces and if he helps a team get to the playoffs.

None of that can be said about any college player.

No matter how good a player does at the college level, no matter how strong a player performs at the combine, no matter how much hype comes with a player, there is absolutely no guarantee that a college player, even one drafted in the first round or a Heisman Trophy winner, will make it in the NFL, and even less of a guarantee that such a player will be an impact player.

So if you are a head coach or a scout for an NFL team, how willing are you going to be to risk a high draft pick (let alone a 1st round pick) on a player who is going to cause disruption for your team even before the first regular season game is played?

I’m betting not very.

Wade Davis not withstanding a college player deciding to become a social justice warrior on the field might play well on the new woke ESPN but it’s a great way for a potential 1st round pick to slip to the 3rd or below with all the subsequent salary drop such a move entails an easy way for a potential 2nd or 3rd round pick to become a candidate for Mr. Irrelevant and spectacular way for 4th-7th round pick to end up considering an exciting career in Canadian or arena football because for every guy who makes an nfl roster there are a dozen guys or more already with proven NFL experience ready to bust their asses to earn a roster spot for themselves and the difference between that 53rd and final roster spot and that 54th spot off of it isn’t as big as you might suppose.

It costs nothing for a social justice warrior to urge you to risk a chance for an NFL payday but when they do remember that at the current US minimum wage of $15,600 it will take you 27.8 years to earn as much as the NFL rookie minimum salary for 2015 ($435K )

So college player think long and hard before you decide to become anyone’s useful idiot.