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Old 09-24-2013, 12:30 PM
 
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Its nice to have options, isn't it?

Baseball players can go to the minors, basketball players can go over seas for a year, and hockey players have their own minor leagues. These are all nice alternatives to going to college so why doesn't football have one?

Why FORCE every kid to go to school even though, clearly, some of them don't want to? Why not let them choose whether or not they want to go to?

I know this probably wouldn't end the "pay for play" talk but at least it might calm it down. If college football players complain about money, they'd be somewhat ignored because they could've gone to the minor league of football.

Don't know if there is a thread on this already. Searched and couldn't find one

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Old 09-24-2013, 12:38 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas, NV
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The "rejects" who still want to try for that NFL dream can play in the Canadian Football League for some recognition... also the Arena Football League.

It's not easy... but a handful of players who became stars in the CFL had pretty decent NFL careers... one guy I can think of was Doug Flutie.

I'm sure there are some other leagues out there... but these are the 2 non-NFL leagues that get some national recognition.
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Old 09-24-2013, 12:48 PM
 
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I agree, they get national recognition but these leagues don't play real American football. I think it would be nice for players, straight out of high school, to be able to go pro if they chose to.
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Old 09-24-2013, 02:32 PM
 
Location: Houston, Tx
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Its nice to have options, isn't it?

Baseball players can go to the minors, basketball players can go over seas for a year, and hockey players have their own minor leagues. These are all nice alternatives to going to college so why doesn't football have one?

Why FORCE every kid to go to school even though, clearly, some of them don't want to? Why not let them choose whether or not they want to go to?

I know this probably wouldn't end the "pay for play" talk but at least it might calm it down. If college football players complain about money, they'd be somewhat ignored because they could've gone to the minor league of football.

Don't know if there is a thread on this already. Searched and couldn't find one
Nobody "forces" them to attend college, they could sit out three years after high school then enter the NFL draft. As far as a minor league, who's stopping you or anybody else who wants to put up their money to start one? The NFL has no need for a minor league becasue they have college football The NFL and the players union have collectively bargained that players must be 3 years removed from high school to be eligible for the draft. So if the playesr have a problem with the rule, they need to take it up with their union.
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Old 09-24-2013, 02:33 PM
 
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I agree, they get national recognition but these leagues don't play real American football. I think it would be nice for players, straight out of high school, to be able to go pro if they chose to.
Most high school players wouldn't be physically ready to play pro football, this isn't basketball or tennis or golf.
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Old 09-24-2013, 02:51 PM
 
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As someone pointed out there is arena football, Canadian football, there is even European football.

However, these aren't options for most and pay poorly. Anyone remember thw XFL?

Anyway, a big problem is football is only really popular in America and the NFL reigns supreme. There is no alternative to it and they dont want one. College is pretty much their recruiting ground.

Also they don't really go to school. They get free rides. They usually go to major in easy majors, rarely show for class, rarely study, will get all kinds of help, and the university ensures they pass. This is not always the case but often is.

Most of them have the time of their life. Many also get paid.
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Old 09-24-2013, 09:08 PM
 
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Most high school players wouldn't be physically ready to play pro football, this isn't basketball or tennis or golf.

I don't agree with this statement at all. All over the world they allow 18 year olds to play pro rugby. Those guys run and hit just as hard as NFL players do. Not to mention they don't wear pads or helmets.

And remember, I'm not saying do away with college football, just give players a real 2nd option. Those that aren't ready to play with the big boys would still go to college.
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Old 09-24-2013, 09:24 PM
 
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I don't agree with this statement at all. All over the world they allow 18 year olds to play pro rugby. Those guys run and hit just as hard as NFL players do. Not to mention they don't wear pads or helmets.

And remember, I'm not saying do away with college football, just give players a real 2nd option. Those that aren't ready to play with the big boys would still go to college.
Maybe, but you are missing the point.

The NFL and the NCAA have a deal going. It is a system. It isnt about choice. Also in most countries Rugby is not some huge sport. It is basically played in NZ, Australia,SA, and England. The US football market is bigger than all of them combined. Also in many of those countries say England, it is a secondary sport after Football/Soccer.
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Old 09-24-2013, 11:14 PM
 
Location: Nescopeck, Penna. (birthplace)
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You have apparently overlooked Otis Sistrunk, who played seven seasons for the Oakland Raiders, including a Super Bowl victory.; Mr. Sistrunk used to describe himself as an alumnus of the University of Mars.
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Old 10-01-2013, 10:26 PM
 
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In order to get into Arena Football, or the Canadian Football league, most still have to go through colleges.
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