How many times did you dream to became one of the most famous football player of the United States? Many famous athletes such as Peyton Manning, Ben Roethlisberger and Brett Favre can make up to $150 million each year, getting the best from this life, like sports car, luxurious homes and beautiful girls. Did you know that Tom Brady is married with the super-model Gisele Bundchen, and that Mario Williams did some $30 million in less than 10 years of career? National Football League players are among the most paid athletes in the entire world, and becoming one of them is more than just a dream for most of us. But if you’re a great football player and you’ve got enough talent and willpower to train yourself to became one of the best, you can still have a chance to reach that peak. How? First thing first, in order to maximize your chances, you should know that your dad’s advice of joining of the Ivy League schools is not the best one you can get.
What is Ivy League? The Ivy League is a collegiate athletic conference that includes the sports teams from the eight best and most prestigious private universities, not just in the US, but worldwide. The Ivy League was created after the formation of the NCAA Division I athletic conference in 1954, and includes eight Northeastern United States that were founded during the colonial period, possessing a century-old tradition of sports and education that makes them so that students from the entire world fight for the privilege of getting their instruction inside them. These eight institutions are Brown University, the University of Pennsylvania, Yale University, Dartmouth College, Columbia University, Harvard University, Cornell University, and Princeton University. Due to their unparalleled excellency in both sport and academic results, the selectivity in admissions is one of the harshest in the world, as everybody knows. Becoming a member of the Ivy League was in the past one of the best opportunities to be recognized by some of the most important football coaches and trainers in the country.
The Ivy League football season is one of the most competitive among the junior leagues, as rivalries run deep between the universities to decide what’s the one that would keep the most prestigious title. The roots of some of the rivalries between football teams run deep in history, although not all these competitions are still fair today. For example, although Harvard and Penn are historic rivals in football and they both had two unbeaten seasons since 2001, Harvard has won all but one of the last 11 football games against his perennial rival Yale, making the competition quite unbalanced.
Today the Ivy League football is not so prestigious as it used to be though, and most NFL coaches do seek the best players in other colleges. The overall quality of the Northeastern private universities’ players dropped a lot as well as their sporting prowess since the don’t even offer athletic scholarships as many other more competitive colleges do. In its first age the Ivy League football was a very competitive one, but today the Ivy League chose to compete at the lower I-AA (FCS) level programs although some notable exceptions do still exist such as the former Harvard quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, who was responsible for the recovery of the Buffalo Bills in a difficult AFC East, or the Ravens all-pro center Matt Birk.
Today colleges with big-time football team pay multi-million-dollar, multi-year contracts with perks like private jet usage to the best, most prestigious coaches in the country, in order to train the best players. It is a real investment, that will in turn generate much higher revenues, but it’s not the kind of investment that the Ivy League universities consider as a priority in their agendas. Their sports budgets are usually much smaller, as they do focus much more on academic preparation and prestige than in sports team, with a consequently less enthusiastic fan base to grant them better revenues.
Students from Ivy League often come from different states, so they do not root so strongly for their university team like a student who goes to an university in the same state he was born. Also as the Ivy League university do focus on academic results more than everything, students do need to attend to lessons and schoolwork way too much to leave them enough space for football playing if they want to keep their good standards.