A long time ago, the Michigan Athletic Department polled Michigan season ticket holders to ask (among many other things) how many of them also had tickets to NFL games. In reporting the results, Michigan reported that very few season ticket holders had NFL tickets as well. They took it to mean that Michigan football fans (at least the season ticket holders, which may be a far different demographic than "Michigan fans" in general) were uniquely interested in college football.
Of course, taking just Michigan as an example may not be representative of college football more broadly. Particularly given the fortunes of the NFL franchise in the state of Michigan. There may be a lot more crossover among season ticket holders for the University of Pittsburgh and the Steelers. The University of Wisconsin and the Packers. USC/UCLA and whatever NFL franchise resides in Los Angeles this year. Et cetera.
I don't have a good simple poll formulated for this, but I thought I'd open it up to anecdotal comments on the MGoBoard to try to guage it.
I have not watched a single NFL game start to finish this year, or the previous year or the year before that. I would be tempted to say that I haven't really watched an NFL game in 10 years. But there have probably been a couple of Super Bowls or random games where I was trapped socially, and watched. I have seen somewhat-entertaining portions of some games; a quarter here or there; usually less than that.
I have not purchased a ticket to an NFL game that I can recall. I went to a handful -- a small handful -- of games in the Silverdome, including the electrifying first game when I thought that rookie WR and former Michigan QB Dennis Franklin might have gotten killed on a crossing route. I think it was his last play in football. And I have been to one game as a guest at Ford Field.
In contrast, like many of you, I attend 7 or 8 or 9 Michigan games a year, in Ann Arbor and on the road. The rest I watch start to finish on television. There is almost nothing about college football that does not interest me; there is almost nothing about the NFL that does interest me.
So as we see more and more players leave college football before their eligibility is finished, and now even before their final seasons are over, I am just wondering how many MGoBoard members will watch our departing players in the NFL?