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Q: playing football in the NFL ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   1 Comment )
Subject: playing football in the NFL
Category: Arts and Entertainment > Celebrities
Asked by: goldnboi-ga
List Price: $5.00
Posted: 11 Sep 2003 12:08 PDT
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Question ID: 254685
What typee of representation is need to get a tryout in National Football League
Subject: Re: playing football in the NFL
Answered By: byrd-ga on 11 Sep 2003 18:43 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hi goldnboi-ga,

What an interesting question, one that I’m sure interests many young
men, but one as I’m sure you already know, that’s not easy to find a
whole lot of insider information about.  The short answer to your
question is that it’s within the realm of possibility to get an NFL
tryout without any representation at all, to represent yourself as a
“free agent”  – IF you’re good enough, IF you have a track record, say
in college ball, IF you know someone who knows someone, and IF you
have the nerve to show up as a walk-on at a tryout.  To find out where
they are, just go to the sites of individual teams and read the press
releases.  Here’s a link to the NFL, which has further links to the
homepages of each team:  Look for news
releases or archives.  You might need to dig a little to find news of

But you’re quite likely on the right track in inquiring about
representation, because getting an NFL tryout isn’t usually a matter
of just showing up and asking for one.  The NFL holds tryouts because,
in addition to their professional scouts and other programs, they are
aware that there is talent out there they may miss, and they want to
provide opportunity for talented players to be noticed if they have
what it takes.

But oh boy, that can be a challenge, particularly if you haven’t
played college football, which is where a lot of top players are
either scouted, or learned the ins and outs of what it takes to aspire
to a career in professional football.

Still, there is some advice out there, and here are some places where
you can begin to learn what kind of representation you might need if
this is your dream, and where and how to go about finding it.

To start with, here is a great and very enlightening discussion about
this subject, with some good tips and advice:

It does seem that the best approach to getting that tryout would be to
find an agent to represent you.  What you’ll need to look for is an
“NFL certified” agent, who has an “in” and contacts in the NFL.  Also
be sure any prospective agent can give you references of players he
has gotten tryouts for or, better yet, placed. Contact them.  Ask
questions, listen to their answers, and follow their advice. Here are
some links to get you started:  and 

Here’s a link to the NFLPA (NFL Players Association), where you might
send an inquiry.  I’d suggest the “Player Development Department” as a

If you don’t mind spending a few dollars, at this site you can get a
manual called, “The Complete Guide to Making it in Pro Football,” that
will answer this specific question, and a whole lot of others as well
about how to break into the NFL: 
For $49.95 you can get an annual subscription to a directory including
certified NFL agents, here:
And for quite a few more dollars, around $300 to be exact, you can get
a directory that claims to have ALL the certified sports agents for
not only the NFL, but all other professional sports as well.  Check
‘em out here:

Other interesting links: 

I hope this information will prove helpful to you as you seek
representation and the best advice on pursuing a professional football
career.  If anything isn’t clear or if you have any questions, please
use the “Request Clarification” feature before rating and closing the
question, so I can be sure I’ve helped you to find what you need. 
Best of luck to you in your search.


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“how to get” “NFL tryouts”
NFL “open tryouts” OR “scheduled tryouts” –europe –arena –indoor
“pro football” tryouts OR draft OR pick
"pro football tryouts"
NFL agent OR representative
NFL "free agent"
goldnboi-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $1.00

Subject: Re: playing football in the NFL
From: byrd-ga on 12 Sep 2003 09:44 PDT
Hi goldnboi-ga,

Thank you so much for the five-star rating and generous tip!  I'm very
glad you were pleased with the information, and again, I wish you all
the best of luck!

Warmest regards,

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