According to the NCAA, there are 73,660 participants in NCAA football. Of those, only 16,369 players of them are eligible to be drafted and about 1.5 percent are drafted to the NFL.
Keenan Smith and Jared Mosley are just two of the many football players who had their hearts set on playing in the NFL. Spartan Newsroom talked with them about dreams — and the realities they faced.
“Once I graduate, I plan on picking somewhere to train; get ready for the combine and go from there,” Hill said. “I’m a hometown kid. I’ve always liked the Lions and been a fan of the Lions, but if any other team wanted me, I would consider them and weigh my options.”
Women in Rugby is a digital package on the MSU Women’s Club Rugby team. The team is a set of women who define social stereotypes of women, one being that women cannot play rough sports.
Mullins found her passion for the sport through a family tragedy.
As a teenager, Eric Becker felt like the sports world was in the palm of his hand — anything was possible. He loved football and baseball and even garnered attention from NCAA Division I schools like Central Michigan University and Michigan State University during his career at Detroit Catholic Central High School. But Becker never got to find out how far he could have taken his skills. Based off of his neurological history, doctors told Becker he had an estimated 20 concussions, most likely from his sports activities. He was crushed. “The sad thing is I never stopped playing,” Becker said. “I can remember having a headache for like three straight years.
Collegiate and professional athletes dedicate their lives to their teams during the time in their programs. When their playing days are over, it makes you wonder what opportunities and benefits these athletes are provided with, if any. Retirement plans, health benefits and career services are some programs that the NCAA and professional leagues provide for their former athletes. Saving for the future
Cory Schlesinger played 12 years in the NFL after being drafted by the Detroit Lions in the sixth round of the 1995 NFL draft. He’s now a teacher at Allen Park High School. Schlesinger has remained active in the Detroit Lions organization through their alumni association.
Dan Perry felt the pressure at an early age. He knew he needed to wrestle. “My family would have definitely struggled to put me through college,” said Perry, who accepted a scholarship to wrestle for the University of Michigan. “I would have had to take out a ton of loans and then would have spent my entire life trying to pay them back.”
Perry had wrestled ever since he was a little boy and found success. So, even though he also played football, he focused on wrestling as a way get past the barriers like rising tuition to get to college.
For most of his life, Lomas Brown could be defined by two words: football player. Growing up in Miami, Brown was a standout offensive lineman throughout his childhood. He accepted a scholarship and had a decorated collegiate career at the University of Florida. Brown was the first round draft pick for the Detroit Lions (sixth overall) in the 1985 NFL draft. But after 18 seasons, playing for three different teams, Brown retired.
Athletes face a variety of challenges during games. But one many may never see coming is an injury. The most common injuries are bruises and contusions, which are not as serious. Chris Kuenze, assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology at Michigan State University, said more acute injuries include concussions, ACL tears, ankle sprains and other ankle-related injuries. Kuenze researches ACL injuries and what happens after ACL reconstruction, working recently with the MSU hockey and basketball teams.
Injuries can happen in a number of ways.
Michigan State University student-athletes Taylor Mullins and Jasper Koenen have hear the stereotypes: Athletes focus too much on their sport and enough on class.
But that’s not how they see their time in college.