College football players might not receive salaries, but those who make it to the NFL sure do. Ohio State regularly sends scores of players to the league, and on Tuesday the program released a graphic examining just how much money former players of coach Urban Meyer and assistant AD for Football Sports Performance Mickey Marotti have earned playing professional football. Spoiler: A lot.
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Meyer has been a college football head coach since 2001, starting at Bowling Green. From there, he made stops at Utah and Florida before coming to Ohio State in 2012. That explains the #15 Tebow jersey in the bottom right corner, an ode to the legendary Florida quarterback Tim Tebow, who entered the NFL with loads of hype but flamed out of the league. Still, Tebow got paid: He earned nearly $10 million in three NFL seasons.
Though the average career of an NFL player spans 3.3 years, according to Statista.com, the potential to make millions of dollars in a short time frame is there. The minimum annual salary for a player with no prior NFL experience in 2018 will be $480,000, according to Spotrac.com.
The Buckeyes have several players eligible for the 2018 NFL Draft, which kicks off Thursday. Landof10’s latest mock draft has 10 former Ohio State players getting selected, with cornerback Denzel Ward going No. 9 to the San Francisco 49ers. Follow along for complete draft coverage here.