This blog will take you three (3) minutes to read. This is equivalent to the amount of time that it took for Laremy Tunsil’s to plummet during the NFL Draft.
Dear NFL Rookie,
Well, you were right. Since you were a boy, you’ve been telling everyone who would listen that you would beat the odds. And in this past weekend’s NFL Draft – you did. You are a member of that .08 percent of high school players that make it from the high school gridiron to the roster of an NFL team. Congratulations.
Now, your mission is to stay there. The attrition rate is high. Training camp rosters will go from 90 players to 75 players to 53 players before the season kicks off. Brace yourself.
As a former NFL coach, I understand the gauntlet of challenges and opportunities that lies before you. So, take a few minutes to read my six pieces of advice for the next phase of your life. You’re officially on the clock.
1. Make It Rain – Once, Every Single Year
NFL teams stockpile player data. Many executives believe this information will spur better decision-making. To that end, your team will collect several pieces of data on you – heart rates, sleeping patterns and acceleration rates – just to name a few.
At the end of each season, I want you to walk into the general manager’s office, and request a download of every data point the team has collected during the previous year. Keep the download on a hard drive and in a safe place.
This data will have tremendous value for you over the long term. Having a portfolio of every dataset associated with your career has the potential to help you optimize your health decisions after your career ends. Do not worry that you do not understand statistics. You can pay someone to crunch the numbers later.
2. Be Coachable