An ACC football coach is being criticized for making a statement about NFL players that is being deemed "wildly inaccurate" by those familiar with the league.
Virginia head coach Bronco Mendenhall has said a lot of things lately that have made headlines, from claiming that only 1/3 of his players are "ACC-caliber" to admitting that he wants to schedule the "worst" Power 5 team possible in the non-conference.
The statement being criticized the most, though, is the one he made about NFL players.
Pro Football Talk ran it all down:
First, he claimed that “85 percent of the makeup of the NFL, those young people all come, 85 percent from single-parent homes.” Apart from likely being a wildly gross exaggeration of reality, it’s unclear what his point is.
Second, Mendenhall suggested that four of five players who succeed in the NFL are destined to leave the game broken, in multiple ways.
“The lucky ones that make it to their second contract — that means there is some sustainability — when they leave the NFL, they are all of the following — this is 78 percent, almost 80 percent,” Mendenhall said. “They are divorced, bankrupt, a substance abuser and disabled, all four. That’s almost 80 percent of the lucky ones that make it to their second contract.”
So 80 percent of all players who earn a second contract in the NFL, according to Mendenhall, leave the game divorced and bankrupt and a substance abuser and disabled. Not one of the four. All of the four.
Welp. That's not great.
A Virginia spokesman was asked if he knew where Mendenhall got his stats from. The response was "no idea."