Everyone deserves a second chance to make a first impression in life. However the reality is that often the second chance never comes along. Well the second chance has arrived for young aspiring football players who still have the dream play college football. Nestled in the foothills of suburban New York City, a bold new football venture is growing it is the COLLEGIATE DEVELOPMENT FOOTBALL LEAGUE and it will debut in the summer of 2009. Co-Founders George and Peter St.Lawrence ,second and third generation football coaches with a love for the game, have formulated a organization with a plan. The CDFL will offer 18-24 year old football players the complete football experience, from a tryout/ mini camp combine , to a draft for team placement, to a formatted league of actual game play , to an academic placement plan to, to a complete evaluation and assessment program , all in a 6- 7 week package. The CDFL executive statement sums it up as follows " We at the CDFL, are eager and extremely excited about the opportunities that await all, through the creation of the first, and only, organized football league exclusively designed for 18-24 year-old players in the United States".
The CDFL mission is simple yet bold, to provide a second chance to make a first impression on the college recruiters searching for football talent. George St. Lawrence states," We are fully committed to providing every opportunity for players to have success in this league and beyond. We are looking for players who are serious and committed, ultimately the engine that drives players to greatness is the desire from within, but that desire can only be fed with an opportunity to play". ! The CDFL provides that chance and supports it with, experienced coaches, dedicated staff and superior facilities. TheCDFL as will provide an unprecedented approach to player skill assessments: from the mini- camp combine, to the CDFL draft, to wide open games, to academic and recruitment tools. Co-founder Peter St. Lawrence, who presently serves as receivers coach for St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota states in a recent interview," The CDFL experience will be comprehensive for the players that may have been injuried, lacked NCAA clearinghouse grade requirements, or were financially limited coming out of high school," The CDFL is assessment centered, interactive, and open for all to view, with a staff that that will extend player placement networking to all levels of collegiate football.
In Closing the CDFL sems to know how to motivate because the reaction has been positive to the concept and far reaching .This CDFL quote says alot about the energy of the organization,"The first step in your chance begins now; your dreams will only become a reality when you match them with the will to prepare for greatness. Be great with us, be part of the dream, be part of the CDFL explosion in 2009