Less than 1 percent of high school football players actually go on to sign a professional NFL contract.
Those who climb to the top of the football ladder and take the final step from NFL prospect to being drafted or signed are in rare air.
Earlier this year, Uplifting Athletes had 38 of these rare air former college football student-athletes extended their platform as NFL prospects by giving back in support of the Rare Disease Community.
When the stakes were the highest, these NFL prospects made a choice to pledge their performance at either the NFL Combine or individual University Pro Day workouts to help raise awareness and funds in support of Uplifting Athletes’ mission.
Of the 38 NFL prospects who participated in our 2018 Reps For Rare Diseases campaign, 29 of them took that final step and now have the opportunity to continue their football careers in the NFL.
“Congratulations to each and every one of these 29 men for earning this rare opportunity,” said Uplifting Athletes Director of Chapter Development Brett Brackett, who played in the NFL. “To those that give, much is received. It is a just reward that those who took the time to elevate the cause in support of the Rare Disease Community get the opportunity to join a rare fraternity of men to sign an NFL contract after college.
“We wish each and every one of you good health, great success and to always do good with the platform bestowed upon you.”
Of the 29 players that took part in the Reps For Rare Diseases campaign this past March 12 of them were drafted and 17 were signed as undrafted free agents.
That group included a pair of first-round picks including one Top 10 selection, offensive tackle Mike McGlinchey from Notre Dame who was drafted No. 9 overall by the San Francisco 49ers. Someone that participated in Reps For Rare Diseases 2018 was drafted in every round except the third round.
Collectively this group raised nearly $39,000 in support of Uplifting Athletes mission through our four programs – Rare Disease Awareness, Rare Disease Research, Uplifting Experiences and Uplifting Leaders.