Semi-pro football can easily take over your life, but those who love the sport won't mind that it does. During winter training, you can expect to practice two to three times a week after work for a couple of hours at a time. During the season, you're packing in regular practices and viewing films to learn strategy. Games are on Saturdays, so if you have to travel, football could take most of your weekend. If your team makes the playoffs, that could mean additional travel during the month of July.
Still, for many men and women, it's a small price to pay for the unusual camaraderie they find in a sport that attracts people from all walks of life.
Could your investment pay off with an invitation to play in the major leagues? Or is that a dream you need to bench?