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Player Longevity Revisited – The Short Version

Last year I managed to bore people to tears with some extreemly lengthy (most of them over 3,000 words) Player Longevity breakdowns based on the last 19 years of NFL Drafts. I'm giving you the short summary of what I discovered.

The six or eight people who waded through all that with me I thank you for your indulgence, and some interesting things were discovered as a result.

George Blanda was 48 when he retired.

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via www.sports-management-degrees.com

Did You Know:

  • 18+% of all QB's & O-linemen (two worst groups) never make a team roster. (Camp cuts)

  • 54% of all WR's careers (worst group) last four years or less. (48% of RB's also)

  • There's a 50% chance you'll play 11 years if you finish your tenth year.

  • Only 14% of WR's & RB's (tied for lowest) play for 10 or more years, vs. 34% of Punters and Kickers (the highest).

  • 562 DB's were selected over the 19 years (highest group) & DB's have the second longest Average Careers.

  • The # of QB's (160) & RB's (162) selected during this span is almost identical, and they are the two positions least selected. (other than p/k)

  • DB's combined for 2,895 years during these two decades, and the D-line (2,424yrs) and O-line (2,119yrs) are right behind them.

The information below excludes drafted players who never made the roster, and the longest career avg. is at the top.

POSITION

# Players Selected

Total Years

Career Avg. Yrs.

P's/K's

47

253

5.38

DB's

562

2,895

5.15

D-Line

473

2,424

5.12

LB's

369

1891

5.12

O-line

415

2119

5.10

QB's

160

811

5.06

RB's

162

765

4.72

WR's

342

1471

4.30

TE's

233

841

3.61

It appears that RB's are no longer the most endangered position in the NFL.

Some pretty poor averages for an NFL career, but a lot of dreams are fulfilled for a few of the best. Even for a player to make a roster is doing something when compared to the thousands each year who want a shot.

The link to the main post with the final data is below for those who want it:

There You Are Man (Warning: 3,490 words)

After my enitial compilation of the career lengths of all players selected over that span, all separated by positions, & also analysed based upon the round that they were drafted in (I know, crazy aye?), I ended up singling out the Broncos to see how they did compared to the league averages.

The Broncos' Drafts Vs. Player Longevity. (3,667 words)

That made me curious to see how they compared to some others;

Longevity & How The Packers Draft. (3,385 words)

Longevity: How The Patriots Draft. (3,591 words)

Longevity & How The Steelers Draft. (2,845 words)

The compilation of all players selected in the past 19 years gives us a pretty accurate picture of the modern day NFL's Player longevity averages at each position. The reason why the NFL & Players Association can't get it right is that they each have their own agenda.

An article in "Medical News Today" shows in their study that NFL player longevity is based more upon the individual players abilities and position rather than previous injuries. That's why my study showed that 1st round selections averaged longer careers then the other rounds.

Competition is the main reason players have short careers in the NFL, and the higher draft picks tend to keep their jobs longer.

50% of all college players drafted have had a major medical procedure prior to the draft. Here's an excerpt from Medical News Today:

"During the course of the study, Milt demonstrated that nearly three-fourths of all players had more than two significant injuries, and that one of two had a major surgery prior to entering the NFL," Lombardi said. "Despite this, NFL player position rather than medical history seemed to be a more powerful predictor of longevity."

With Jason Hanson retiring, the honor of being the oldest player in the NFL now goes to fellow kicker Adam Vinatieri. In fact, seven of the 10 oldest players currently on an NFL roster are special teams players.

Here's to a healthy 2014 season for the Denver Broncos!


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