Average playing career length in the National Football League (in years)

The statistic depicts the average length of a player's career in the National Football League, considering different aspects influencing the length of a playing career. According to the NFL Players Association the average career length is about 3.3 years. The NFL claims that the average career is about 6 years (for players who make a club's opening day roster in their rookie season).

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 Average career length in years
Players with at least one Pro Bowl selection / appearance 11.7
First-round draft picks 9.3
Player with at least three pension-credited seasons* 7.1
Player who makes a club's opening day roster in his rookie season 6
Average career of an NFL player** 3.3
Kickers & Punters** 4.87
Quarterbacks** 4.44
Cornerbacks** 2.94
Wide receivers** 2.81
Running backs** 2.57
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