I was almost a Pro Quarterback

tags: football  nflpa 

I’m trying to make a statistics joke about how I was almost a pro quarterback.

So, the requirements, from general to specific

  • Be Alive
  • Be male
  • Be in the America (no one plays it outside North America)
  • Go to college
  • Be selected by a pro team

So, if you look at all the people in world and filter to through this sieve, I think I was probably statistically really close.

So, in rough numbers, I’m already in the top 5% by step three. Factor in college and I’m so much closer.

  • 100%: Population: 7,000,000,000 (World Bank: 7,125,000,000)
  • 50%: Gender fraction: 3,500,000,000 of 7,000,000,000 (top 50%) (CIA Fact Book: 101:100)
  • 5%: Geography: 350,000,000 of 7,000,000,000 (top 5%) (US Census Bureau)
  • 0.5%: College: 70,000,000 of 7,000,000 (20% of US Citizens in 1990)
  • 1.6% of college football players are drafted to the NFL
  • … a much smaller percentage are quarterbacks
  • … a an much smaller percentage ever play a regular season game, ever.