There are more than 6.8 million high school football players registered with the National Federation of State High School Association, more than 58,000 NCAA college football players, around 1,700 NFL players, and only about 260 new draftees every year. In other words, most people who start down the road to the pros eventually get side-lined. It takes a remarkable athlete to go all the way.
We had a chance to talk to some of these exceptional players and get their perspective on what life in the NFL -- and life in football in general -- is really like.
Meet the Players
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