Should high school players be allowed to go straight to the NFL? | The Tylt
Should high school players be allowed to go straight to the NFL?
High school graduates can make the choice to sacrifice their lives for their country, and yet those same graduates can't decide to make money doing something they love? That's just wrong.
Some high school football players are ready to make the jump to the NFL immediately. Even if they aren't starting, they can hone their craft earlier in a professional setting without the distraction of school work they have no interest in. Forcing players into college only hurts NCAA schools that have to deal with student-athletes who have zero interest in college and causes extra stress trying to keep players academically eligible. That spot should go to a student who wants to be there.
Even if they aren't ready, high school graduates should be able to make that mistake as an adult. High school graduates should be able to go straight to the NFL if they want.
High school graduates think they can conquer anything, but time after time, they get beaten down by the real world. Football players are no exception, as they get beaten down by both the real world and grown men at the same time.
No matter how big or strong a high school football player is, they are nowhere near ready to take on the physical toll that an NFL schedule puts on them. Not only do they have to condition and work out constantly, but opponents are also looking to hurt them with more force than they have ever encountered.
Mentally, NFL athletes have to memorize huge playbooks, analyze tape and deal with failure on a professional level where there are no excuses. There's a reason the NFL only allows players three years removed from high school to play in the league. Kids that young just aren't ready.