There are a lot of statistics you can use when trying to illustrate how excellent the most recent Florida players were who have now moved on to the NFL. The most important for the seniors is the two national titles. The seniors and juniors who left early were responsible for 26 wins the last two seasons.
But here’s a number I would use if I was Urban Meyer recruiting today’s players, who have one eye towards the NFL before they ever step on a campus.
Here it is — 52.549.
What’s that, you’re wondering.
That’s how many million dollars the Gators who were taken in the NFL Draft in 2010 are GUARANTEED in the contracts they have signed.
The nine Gators could make more, but they know that they will receive $52.549 million during their careers.
You can hear the drooling at the Gator Booster Office.
A year ago when Florida only had three players drafted the total was $9.053 million guaranteed.
Sometimes we throw these figures around without stopping to think about what they really mean. Here’s an idea. Write down the amount of money you expect to make during the next five years. Then right next to it write down $52,549,000.