I never played in middle or high school football but where can I begin?
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I played semipro ball for many years. Most of us at least played high school, and a good amount played In college. There were guys on my team that had no prior experience though, but they were good athletes.
The only thing is that there's not much practice time, so you don't work on fundamentals too much. But if you're fast and can catch, you could play a relatively simple position like wide receiver, where you just need to learn a route tree. It'd take some work on your own time though, practicing route running, etc, optimally with a teammate to teach yourself how to work against different leverages by the DB, beating jams, etc. Playing QB or something would be very difficult, there's a big difference between throwing the ball around the yard with your boys and running an effectively and efficiently. If you're willing to commit to it though, you could see some playing time after awhile, you just need to absorb everything you can in practice. Maybe if you have a coach that's cool and willing to put in extra time after practice they could help show you the ropes. If you google semipro football, or amateur football, or minor league football, you can probably find links to leagues in your area, and then a link to a website or Facebook page for individual teams with contact info.
Be prepared for travel though. I played in a league that had us driving all over the damn place. We had a game scheduled for noon six hours away all the way up in Bangor, Maine, we left at like 4 AM. One year they'd rent a bus for the team most road games that were an hour-plus away, but so many guys just drove themselves and the cost was so much that they stopped. Usually we'd meet up in a big parking lot somewhere and carpool. If you have an SUV, expect to be doing a lot of the driving, haha, I got stuck doing it almost every time. So we drove all over Massachusetts, the rest of New England, and down to the NY/NJ area. Two years in a row we played in the National Championship game, and we had to fly to Florida for that, out of pocket. Chances are you won't have to do anything like that at least.
And I'd be remiss to not point out the possibility of injury. You don't get paid, there usually aren't any huge crowds... you play because you love to play. But we all have work on Monday. I've seen games that get out of hand, 35+ leads and whatnot, and the coaches will talk at halftime and be like "ok, we'll play the 3rd quarter, and if it's not wothin 21 points for the 4th, we'll...0