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The Statistical Breakdown Of Becoming A Professional Athlete Will Make You Keep Your Day Job

Hate what you do and have a passion for athletics? Well, don’t quit your day job; you probably suck at sports.

Being a professional athlete is much more than just loving to play the game and trying hard. It requires a level of dedication, sacrifice and discipline that, quite frankly, not too many of us are familiar with.

To get the better picture, we’ve compiled some statistical data that solidify our theory that you will probably never be able to break into the pros.

Every year, millions of kids have the same dream to make it to the next level. If you haven’t been discovered by now, you should take it as a sign. Sure, nothing’s impossible, but men lie, women lie; numbers don’t!

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Football for Men: 1,121,744 boys play high school football in the US

1 in 40 high school players will play in college

1 in 1,010 high school players will be drafted to the NFL

1 in 325 college players will be drafted in the NFL


Basketball For Men: 535,569 boys play high school basketball in the US

1 in 17 high school players will play in college

1 in 8,926 high school players will be drafted to the NBA

1 in 525 college players will be drafted in the NBA


Basketball for Women: 436,100 girls play high school basketball in the US

1 in 16 high school players will play in college

1 in 12,114 high school players will be drafted to the WNBA

1 in 766 college players will be drafted in the WNBA

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Baseball for Men: 474,219 boys play high school baseball in the US

1 in 9 high school players will play in college

1 in 390 high school players will be drafted to the MLB

1 in 44 college players will be drafted in the MLB


Softball for Women: 381,116 girls play high school softball in the US

1 in 13 high school players will play in college

1 in 19,506 high school players will be drafted to the NPF

1 in 1,484 college players will be drafted in the NPF


Soccer for Men: 412,351 boys play high school soccer in the US

1 in 11 high school players will play in college

1 in 5,355 high school players will be drafted to the MLS

1 in 447 college players will be drafted in the MLS

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Soccer for Women: 373,391 girls play high school soccer in the US

1 in 10 high school players will play in college

1 in 10,316 high school players will be drafted to the NWSL

1 in 986 college players will be drafted in the NWSL


Hockey for Men: 35,732 boys play high school hockey in the US

1 in 9 high school players will play in college

1 in 170 high school players will be drafted to the NHL

1 in 20 college players will be drafted in the NHL


Hockey for Women: 8,833 girls play high school hockey in the US

1 in 4 high school players will play in college

1 in 59 high school players will be drafted to the WPHL (Proposed League)

1 in 13 college players will be drafted in the WPHL (Proposed League)

All Data Courtesy: Scholarship Stats

Top Photo Credit: Getty Images

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