Success across two stages

NFL teams draft 1.6 percent of college football players to play professionally. Many people believe college football players are only biding their time until they go pro, but more than 600 current NCAA Division I football seniors already have their degrees. In fact, many college football players earn degrees that will enable them to one day pursue careers outside of sports.

In the 2014 NFL Draft, half of the first-round picks had earned their college degrees.

In the NCAA Academic Progress Rate program's first 10 years, 12,979 student-athletes returned to college after their eligibility had expired. Of those, 26 percent were former football players.

Graduation rates for football players in the Football Bowl Subdivision have increated by 11.8 percent in the last 12 years.

The Kansas City Chiefs’ Dee Ford earned his degree in public administration from Auburn University before he was a first-round draft pick in 2014.

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Twenty years after entering the NFL Draft as the No. 1 pick for the Dallas Cowboys, Troy Aikman completed his degree at UCLA.

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Michigan State University’s Darqueze Dennard, a first-round pick by the Cincinnati Bengals in the 2014 NFL Draft, was the first in his family to go to college and earn a degree.