Well at work today there was a guy who looked familiar. I thought he looked like somebody in the UFC. Well he was not a fighter, but I was not wrong. It turned out he was not only a fan but is a regular in the entourage for a very famous fighter and close enough that he gets those choice seats up near the octagon whenever he fights in Las Vegas.
More than likely I had seen him on TV amongst the fans when watching many replays.
And then it gets better. He stated he had also played football, and then after he talked about his time in the NFL I came to find out he had played for BC for Wally Buono earlier this millennium. His time in the NFL went through two teams for which he made the grade on the field but they cut him due to a failed medical.
And then he got to talking about the business of the NFL and I talked about following all the players from the CFL or Canada chasing the dream but how so many come up short even as tremendous athletes and solid players.
Well there is more of a business to the NFL than I had realized!
Agents get a certain percentage of a players contract plus a very hefty percentage of endorsements.
But here’s the real gem I did not know - the NFL pension.
Dontrelle Inman would come to mind as one recent example in these regards as would Cameron Wake and a few others.
A player who plays 4 NFL seasons, and at least 4 games in each season, gets his NFL pension like when 15 years out of the league. The amount is close to that of even veteran players and a substantial sum per year.
Many of these players are not chasing merely the short-term gain but have an eye on that prize even if they don’t play much.
But, NFL owners know this too as do General Managers, and this is why even those who are trained and better after 3 seasons are cut and teams bring in even a less polished undrafted rookie free agent!
The reality of the NFL pension sure explains a whole of these guys who linger around, and don’t return or go to the CFL, even with marginal playing time or much time off after being cut in the NFL.