American football has long been the most popular sporting game in the USA.
While the NFL has a greater social awareness many countries, the College football community outweighs the NFL in a number of areas. In fact, there are many things you may not have heard about College Football. Some of the biggest College football teams average 80,000 spectators to each home game throughout the year. To put that into perspective, it means that they get the same crowds every week as the Australian Rules Football Collingwood verses Essendon ANZAC day clash.
In the 55 seasons the NCAA has maintained official national attendance records through 2005, the largest crowd to watch a regular-season college football game was composed of the 112,118 fans who watched Michigan defeat visiting Ohio State, 35-21, on November 24, 2003. In fact, of the 37 most highly-attended games, all but one took place at the University of Michigan (The exception, in 28th place, is Nebraska at Penn State, attended by 110,815).
Unofficially, the NCAA estimates that crowds of 120,000 people watched games involving Notre Dame and USC in 1927 and Notre Dame and Navy in 1928 at Soldiers Field in Chicago. And a confirmed 112,912 fans watched Notre Dame defeat USC at Soldier Field in 1929, which beats Michigan’s record of the current era.
College football is not as you know it to be like here in Australia.
College football is a professional football outfit and is a multi billion dollar industry which is taken very seriously. Although athletes are not financial rewarded, they do receive a scholarship to College to which can value upwards of $250,000. Doesn’t sound too bad considering Australians are getting involved in this for just kicking the ball.
The NFL is very different in this regard and is classed as a sporting profession which enables players to get paid and sometimes very handsomely at that. The first year rookie wage is $350,000 and will typically increase every year.
A player who is contracted to an NFL team can be cut from the team after signing a contract without being paid. This means that the turnover of players is very constant, however this also gives you a fantastic opportunity to strive for glory in the NFL arena. Always remember, you need to be the best otherwise they will get someone else who can do the job better.