In 2018 football players won’t have to wait to go pro, if everything goes according to plan.
The Pacific Pro Football League will launch in 2018 as an alternative way for players to play professionally on the gridiron. The league caters to athletes who can’t or choose not to play on college scholarships due to a variety of situations.
Pac Pro is designed for the football players who are academic non-qualifiers, players with an urgent need to provide for their families, transitioning from another sport, players who can’t play due to NCAA rules and those who just simply want to get paid to play.
Athletes are eligible straight out of high school.
Pac Pro plans to have four teams all based in Southern California. Each club will play an eight-game schedule. Approximately 50 players will make up each roster and athletes will have an average salary of $50,000 a year.
Former NFL wide receiver Ed McCaffrey is one of many behind the new venture.
“It’ll make sense for a lot of young men and a lot of families,” McCaffrey said, per Tom Pelissero of USA Today Sports. “We’re hoping to provide them with that choice.”
McCaffrey’s involvement is interesting because of his son, Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey, is one of of the top running back prospects in this year’s NFL Draft.
The Stanford product hopes he’ll have a long career in the NFL, while his dad is optimistic that Pac Pro will work as an alternative way for athletes to play football.
Leagues like this have tried and failed in the past. Will this one be any different? Only time will tell. But the odds are stacked against the new league even if they are not trying to compete with college or the NFL.