American college football and pro football seem to be too sports that are exactly the same. It is true that they share the same framework and, overall, the same rules. Not just that, both accumulate points in the same way, have the same basic penalties, have the same number of players, and have the same game play. However, there are some very big differences between two as well, enabling fans to enjoy unique styles. Here, Jack Elway looks at what those differences are.
Jack Elway Reveals Key Pro/College Differences
- Time management is very different. That said, both types of football have two halves in their game and each half is divided into two quarters. However, college football does not come with a 2 minute warning. In pro football, the 2 minute warning leads to clock stoppage and an automatic time out with two minutes to play. In college football the clock doesn’t stop and simply continues to run. Another big difference is what happens after a so-called “first down”. With pro football, the clock will not stop. With college football, however, the clock will no longer move until the ball has been replaced by the referee and the whistle has been blown.
- Overtime is also different. Is pro football, 15 minutes overtime are played if there is a tie at the end of the game. They play sudden death, meaning that the first team that scores wins. College football is far more exciting and unique. Each team is given an offensive ball and the clock no longer runs. A second overtime is started with another offensive ball if nobody scored. The first time, should the team win a touchdown, they must try to make a two point conversion. This keeps on going until one of the two teams ends the overtime period with more points than the other.
- The rules of the game do have some slight differences. The leagues have the same rules but there are some variations that create more unique matches. For instance, the out of bounds rule is difference between Pro and College, particularly in how many feet the player has to have in bounds. The down by contact rule is also slightly different in a such that a pro footballer has to be forced to the ground if the play is to be over, whereas a college football player can simply fall to the ground. Pass interference is also different between the two leagues, in particular on what kind of penalty is given to them.
- Last but not least there is a big difference in players. That difference is that pro footballers are paid and not there football career is there career. College players, by contrast, do not play for money. In order to enter the pro draught, someone must have been removed from High School by three years, has played enough years, or has graduated from college. Those who are selected and drafted by the pro teams then become professionals and earn a salary.