Not very many. To make it to the pros you need to work hard.
About 5% go pro In Kentucky
"Only less than 2 percent of basketball or football student-athletes go pro,..."From:Young, Jessica Lam Hill. The Daily Free Press. "Athletes Graduate At Higher Rate: NCAA Study". 11 July 2007. News Section.
No pro athletes are not overpaid
Less than 1%
There are less than 2 percent of college athletes that will go pro every year. This means that there are just a few hundred.
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1 high school student per school will go pro
about 1/250 athletes go pro from college according to ncaa statistics
The simple answer is that it is good p.r. (Public relations) and so it is good for their reputations.
1 out of every 250 college athletes 'Go Pro' according to the NCAA and NAIA stats, so in a given year where on average there are 400,000 student athletes, there are potentially 16,000 of them that would go pro over the next four years. If for estimate sake, we say 25% of those will be the senior graduating class, then about 4,000 athletes each year go professional. Not sure of the latest stats on US population, but as of the latest info I could get my hands on, there are appx. 300,000,000 people in the US today, and the average tenure of a pro athlete is only 3-5 years depending on the sport. (some longer/shorter) So the percentage of actual current pro athletes to US population would be somewhere in the ballpark of 12-15k (est) pro athletes in the US and so you would be looking at something like .00005%
Pro Athletes with Pro-Nrg - 2012 was released on: USA: 7 August 2012 (internet)
An average of 1 out of every 150 students
"Less than 2 percent of basketball or football student athletes go pro,..."21% of Division I male athletes want to turn pro.36% of college athletes expect to become a millionaire in their lifetime - not necessarily through athletics.72% of college athletes expect to owe student loan debt when they graduate.47% of athletes expect to carry credit card debt upon graduation.Source: The Hartford Financial Game Plan Survey
Around one third