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Hi! I'm a 6th grade student doing a Genius Hour project in my class. I'm doing my project on football, and I have to interview an expert.  Could you answer some of these questions for me? Thank you!

What is the pressure of being a professional athlete?
In your opinion, do you like the sport of football and why do you like it?
On a scale of 1~10 what would you rate the sport? Also explain why you gave the sport of Football, that rating.
Why do you think professional football players keep playing football throughout their lives?

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Hello Connor,

First, let me apologize for the  delay in my answer.

There are various answers to your questions, so I didn't want my answers to only be from my personal experiences, but also from a few athletes that I know. Mainly because there can be so many reasons why people play, their pressures and why it's so hard to walk away.

Some of the pressures of being a professional athlete are: Staying healthy; continuing to perform at a high level; maintaining a healthy family life; managing finances;overcoming injuries; preparing for when it's time to walk-away. Football is very demanding, physically and mentally.

I love the game of football. It is fun, exciting and so many lessons learned in playing football can be applied to every-day life.

I rate football an 8. That is my overall rating of football. But, understand that anytime you can do exactly what you love and make a living from it, it is a "10". I rate it an 8 because it has been a part of my life since I was a little kid, as well as it has been for most that have played. A dream come true to play it professionally.

Most players keep playing out of sure love for the game. Understand that for most, it's all that they know. So, it's hard to walk from something that has been a part of your life for so long.

Thank you for allowing Allexperts the opportunity to answer your question. I hope I was able to help you, with my answers.

Arthur Anderson

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I can answer most football questions. Per position, skill, training, technique and conditioning. I can answer questions about football on every level from youth to professional. Offense, Defense, Special Teams. Game film break down.

Experience

I have been involved in football as a player and/or a coach for over 39 years. I started playing football at the age of 5. A high school standout, a good college career and a stint overseas in the WFL and the NFL Europe. I started coaching youth sports in the off season while playing overseas. This marks my 20th year as a youth coach. I also was a player coach my final playing season overseas. I also worked as a scout, recruiter, asst, OC and head coach on the Overseas pro and Semi pro levels. Recently I worked with a upstart development league as a Asst GM and League Talent Scout. My niche in the coaching forum is a disciplinarian, a motivator and a teacher. This past season, of training my youth, I have 17 of my 22 kids that signed with D-1 schools. Next year, I already have 15 of my next group already committed to D-1 schools. I have served on the Youth Football Committee of San Antonio for 6 years. Recently being appointed as an executive board member.

Organizations
North American Junior Independent Football Federation 100 Men of America Texas Youth Coaching Assoc. American Coaching Assoc.

Publications
Hubpages, SA Sports Light,

Education/Credentials
High School Graduate College Graduate - Cal St poly College - Palo Alto Univ. - Kinesiology

Awards and Honors
First Team Offense - High School New Comer of the Year - College Standout Rookie Award - WFL Coach of the year- 1994, 97, 2003, 2004, 2008, 2013 (Some youth Sports, some Semi pro)

Past/Present Clients
NAJIFF, FBU, Youth Sports of South Texas, NSFL, DSFL,WFL, XFL

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