The life expectancy of NFL players Previous studies have compared the overall lifespan of athletes who played professional football with the average person. The results found that because the pro football players maintained an active lifestyle while others were more sedentary, the athletes generally lived longer.Sep 29, 2019
53 to 59 years The average life expectancy or lifespan of an American football NFL player has been reported to be extremely low, only 53 to 59 years depending on playing position. However, a 2012 study reported that retired NFL players have a lower death rate than men in the general population.
There were no direct fatalities reported in college/university, middle school, organized youth or professional/semi-professional football. For the approximately 4,200,000 participants in 2018, the rate of direct fatalities was 0.048 per 100,000 participants (95% confidence interval: 0.001 to 0.114).Feb 15, 2019