Growing up I loved the 49ers, the first season I actually remember was when I was 4 years old. I know it was crazy that such a young age a football team could have such an impact on your life, but it did.
Think about the lineup of that team…
1988 San Francisco 49ers
The team consisted of an amazing lineup… a proverbial who’s who of hall-of-famers… Joe Montana, his backup Steve Young… Jerry Rice, John Taylor, Ronnie Lot, and one of my favorite backfields… Roger Craig and Tom Rathman.
These 2 averaged almost 5 yards a carry that particular season. Think about that… you give them the ball twice and you have a first down. Those are some impressive stats!
I am sure there were several kids just like me that wanted to become an NFL running back just like one of these 2 did.
The Truth about the Running back
Running backs get hit a lot. By people much larger than them. A wide receiver gets hit a lot too. But sometimes there are 5 of them on the field, and only one has to get tackled… assuming it is complete. The quarterback even has rules to protect him from getting hit at the wrong moment.
So, naturally, a running back doesn’t have that much time in the NFL. The more they get hit, the slower they get, then a field of new people come the next year and the old guys retire… or make less money.
This is why your dream should be to be a kicker or a punter.
Did you know the average kicker and punter makes more than the average running back or tight end?
What is even worse than that is the fact that if you look at median salaries (rather than averages) kickers and punters are ranked higher than everyone except quarterbacks.
Which makes perfect sense because typically each team only has 3 quarterbacks 6 kickers/punters and then they get deeper as you go.
Parents here is my advice
If you really want Junior to do something big and play in the NFL, you should start letting him kick the ball rather than run the ball. It will pay more in the long run, and his 40-time at 35 years old will appreciate it.
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