Since the average NFL career only lasts about three years, there is much value to a football player earning a degree while they have a chance.
Becoming a professional football player requires stamina, strength and ambition. What it does not require is a formal education. While NFL athletes do not specifically go to school to become professional football players, NFL and NCAA requirements include those related to education.
To be drafted into the NFL, a player must be three years out of high school. That means a player must at least have a high school diploma before entering the NFL. The NFL also wants players who have a little maturity and experience under their belts, and requires players to spend time playing college football.