We’ll bounce around and touch on several different topics in today’s post.

  • Those aspiring new contract advisors who took the NFLPA exam this summer in Washington, D.C., got their results back at the end of last week. Kudos to the NFLPA for turning the tests around so quickly. In the past, applicants took the test end of July, then waited until mid-October to find out if they made it. Last year, results were in the hands of test-takers by the end of September, and this year, they’ve been even more efficient.
  • Often, the immediate euphoria that comes with finding out you passed is tempered quickly by two things: (a) the fact that the PA immediately asks for two big checks (a total of around $2,500 between dues and liability insurance) plus the realization that recruiting can only now begin.
  • Of course, the frustration for those who didn’t make the cut is palpable. I spoke to one this morning; it’s hard to talk to people who can do nothing but wait to resume chasing their dreams. Those unlucky souls are in a holding pattern until the PA offers the test again next summer. The next step forward would be to schedule the one allowed retake during the same calendar year so applicants wouldn’t lose so much time.
  • Here’s another underclassman to watch this season: Georgia OLB Leonard Floyd, who coaches say is headed to the NFL if he has a good season. Floyd may fly under the radar as a player considering leaving early given that he’s just a true sophomore at UGa. The fine print: he went to Hargrave Military Academy his first year out of high school, giving him the required three years to make the NFL leap.
  • I’ll be a guest on Leigh Steinberg’s new show Monday nights on Yahoo! Sports Radio on Aug. 22 at 9:30 p.m. EST. Right now, I’m not sure what we’ll be discussing, but it will generally involve the finer points of the football business. If you have suggestions, please let me know (nstratton@insidetheleague.com). I hope you’ll tune in.
  • In addition, if you’re around Houston, join me at Texas Southern University as I speak to the Thurgood Marshall School of Law’s Sports and Entertainment Law Association at Wednesday, Sept. 17, at noon CST. I’ll be providing an overview of several popular entry-level jobs in football and how to give yourself an edge in landing one. I hope you’ll join us if you’re in the area.