“Make sure you constantly work hard because nothing is given and don’t take anything for granted,” he said. There are about 73,000 active football players in the National Collegiate AthleticAssociation (NCAA) and each of them has aspirations of making it to the NFL. Unfortunately, only 1.9 percent of these athletes will have this dream become a reality. Odom beat the odds by making it the NFL. “I just needed to believe in myself and that’s all I need until this day.