Being a professional football player is an incredibly rewarding yet brutally tough journey to pursue. While many young men dream of making it to The League, most fail to realize the cost that comes with such a journey.
Not only does the game take its toll on the young and the brave, but the odds are heavily stacked against anyone bold enough to pursue the dream: 1.6% of college football players make it to the NFL. And once they finally make it onto an NFL roster, the average career length is a meager 3.3 years according to the NFLPA.
Making matters worse, a 2009 Sports Illustrated article indicated that "after two years of retirement, a whopping 78 percent of former NFL players went bankrupt or suffered financial stress due to joblessness or divorce".
With all that considered, James Anderson has had a tremendously successful career in the NFL.
Anderson was a 3rd round draft pick by the Carolina Panthers in 2006 and went on to play seven seasons before being released to save cap room. During his stay with the Panthers, Anderson ha 94 appearances which is the most for a linebacker in team history.
James has been a free-agent since the 2015 season and in today's episode of Past Possible we take a behind the scenes look at what James is doing to stay in top shape for when the call comes his way.