2003 AFCA Player Survey (Adobe Acrobat required)

WACO, TEX. — During fall practice in 2002 the American Football Coaches Association conducted a player survey to obtain information from today’s college football players.0903PlayerSurvey

Football student-athletes at all 117 Division I-A universities were asked to provide information regarding a variety of topics that included their background, academic experience, personal habits, financial resources and opinions regarding college football.

“The motivation behind this survey was to gain a better understanding of how the student-athletes who play college football feel about the game.” AFCA Executive Director Grant Teaff said. “How they feel about academics, recruiting, coaching, the school they attend, how they were prepared for college. The results of this survey can help us do a better job for the student-athletes.”

Responses were received from 5,474 student-athletes from 66 schools and represent a cross-section of the Division I-A membership.

The survey is similar to those previously conducted by the College Football Association in 1996, 1991, 1986 and 1981. Former CFA Executive Director Chuck Neinas coordinated the survey process. Pacey Economics Group of Boulder, Colo. provided the statistical analysis and assisted with the interpretation of the data.

“Some are inclined to stereotype college football players but the AFCA survey provides a glimpse of the individual under the helmet,” Neinas said. “He may be bigger and faster than his fellow classmates but in the main he’s an average college student.”

The purpose of the survey is to provide information to college administrators and coaches that will help them to better understand the interests and perceptions of today’s college football player. In addition, the data will enable those involved with college football to give consideration to the position of the student-athlete in the development of legislation that impacts the sport. The AFCA also hopes to educate the public about today’s college football player.