Robert, Charleston, S.C.
Subj: Chasing the dream
Hey Ryan, my nephew is a phenomenal high school football player with dreams of playing in the NFL. What are the odds he’ll actually make it into the league?
I’m afraid they’re not good, Robert. Of the 100,000 high school seniors who play football every year, only 215 will ever make an NFL roster. That’s just 0.2%. Even of the 9,000 players that make it to the college level only 310 are invited to the annual NFL scouting combine. By comparison, your nephew has a better chance of being hit by lightning ( 1 in 3,000) or being injured by a toilet seat (1 in 6,500). Make sure to let him down softly when you break the news... and whatever you do, make sure you don’t do it in the middle of a lightning storm.