Note: A version of this post originally appeared on The Huffington Post. It was also updated on April 29, 2016 to include information regarding the 2016 NFL draft.
Student athletes spend years perfecting their skills on and off the field with hopes that they will be offered the dream of a lifetime: A scholarship to play college football. In other words, it’s the golden ticket they need to take their sports career to the next level, and potentially hit it big — by making “it” (and millions of dollars) playing in the NFL.
However, the haze of fame and popularity that surrounds most A-list players often overshadows an important reality: They must surround themselves with a team of trusted advisors.