Career Details

Professional Football Player - Terrell Thomas (NY Giants)

Career Overview

A professional football player gets paid to play football! Rookie players in the NFL are paid $365,000/year (on average), but the average player makes $2.1 million. Rookie players in the CFL make $42,000 (on average), but the average player in this league makes $80,000.


There is no set requirement for becoming a pro football player other than being very good at playing the game. Most players play football in college before going pro. Doing well in high school may increase the opportunities for playing at a particular college.

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Recommended Courses

  • Math - as much as possible!
  • English - as much as possible!
  • Communication
  • Take as many college-prep courses as possible!
Future Outlook

It is very difficult to enter this career field. According to the NCAA, only 1.9% of NCAA college football players will end up playing professional football. Make sure that you have a back up plan!

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Work Environment

Professional football players play football in the National Football League (in the United States) and the Canadian Football League (in Canada).


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook

Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada


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