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05-31-2014, 07:51 PM
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I can see where the "may be" could be taken out of context in the spliced quote but I was never questioning the fact that the NFL is, for lack of a better term, the most prestigious league for a pro football player to play in. I know that. I used the "may be" in the context that I was drawing a comparison between what its relationship is to the NFL and what the AHL's relationship is in comparison to the NHL. That make any sense? No, didn't think so
On your point about the CFL players having no other option or hope of making it in the NFL, also have to take into account that when comparing the relationship between the CFL/NFL and AHL/NHL; the AHL is developing, in most cases, highly rated prospects that are eventually expected to produce at the NHL level. The NFL drafts from the NCAA... if we're comparing the talent level across sports I don't think there's any question that the talent level of college football athletes dwarves that of junior and college hockey. In terms of scope, in terms of depth of talent, in terms of pro readiness etc. - In the NHL only a handful of 1st rounders are ready to make the jump to the NHL; the NFL, the talent in the third and fourth rounds is equal to that of what you find in the NHL's first round so for those CFL players with "failed dreams", it's always gonna be a hell of a lot tougher for them to crack it in the NFL than it is for any prospect that is being molded along expected to eventually have an impact in the pros. Not to mention the disadvantage of playing a game that institutes a wider and longer field as well as an extra player and utilizes different body/athletic types for similar positions which hurts them, be it as it may, when they do have the opportunity to try and transition to the NFL game during workouts if they're lucky enough to be extended a tryout by an NFL club.
That doesn't mean that CFL players are any less talented necessarily; it simply means that there is no parallel to be drawn between a league like the CFL (which isn't a developmental league) and the AHL (which is).
For the majority of most CFL players they know that the CFL is as high up on the pro football rung as they're going to make it; AHL players have the potential to eventually earn millions. There is no reason why CFL professionals should have to work a job outside of football just to make ends meet.
Agree with this, thanks for clarifying.
Not really necessary either for a CFL player, that works a 4 month regular season, shouldn't be able to live off the avails of CFL play. Average is higher all the time as we're learning (real average of actual starters that play a year) and with base salary, preseason pay, postseason pay, per diems, most starting, even average players are looking at well in excess of 100K already in payment and benefits and that's not even considering the pay for players that go deep into the playoffs or are on clubs that get to the Grey Cup. A good season for a pretty average vet player can look like 120K. This again for an average player on a good club.
Really I know this is Alberta and people in the Oil patch used to making 100K a year but theres few places in the world where a lot of people make that kind of coin. Anybody that can't make it on 100K needs to go back to remedial budgeting school. CFL may not offer a lot of bling, but its a pretty solid living. Players LTI, LTD benefits have improved quite a lot as well. Even a player with significant injury is taken care of.
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