I just got done reading Kris Jenkins: Fans have no clue, NFL is hell from Pro Football Talk, and it got me to thinking about how glamorous people on the outside think life in the NFL is.
And like Mr. Jenkins says, "they have no idea."
Actually, I've found that players that want to play pro football usually don't have any idea, either. It ain't all glitter and glamour, or however you say it… glitz and glamour, I meant to say.
Wanna know what most players go through?
Lawsuits against teams you played for because they cut you because of an injury, when they're not supposed to…
Bouncing from practice squad-to-practice squad before being saying goodbye to the NFL, sometimes for good, never getting a chance to play in a real NFL game, despite being "so close…"
The pressure of trying to keep up, and party like the big money makers on the team with your league-minimum salary…
Finally breaking through to playing regularly, only to get hurt, and know that your spot is probably gone if you miss a game due to the injury…
I could go on and on, but the moral to the story is, that life in the NFL for the average NFL player is nothing like what you may think. Quite often, it's a life of extreme uncertainty and fear.
And if life in the NFL was hell to someone like Kris Jenkins, a three-time All-Pro, and four-time Pro Bowler, imagine what it's like for the average guy.
So if you, or someone you know, dreams of playing in the NFL, just make sure you know what you're getting into, otherwise you may be in for a rude awakening.