I sometimes tell people I grew up dreaming of being the next Jerry Rice. My football career did not turn out as successful as his, but I was thrilled to find him in the middle of a new trend between big data and football.
As the new NFL and college football seasons begin, there is a bunch of talk about how the massive amounts of available data and statistics are changing the game for players, coaches, and fans. Fans are really pushing for more real-time statistics. Coaches want more data to create better scouting reports and game planning. Players are using the data to improve their game. I really enjoyed the brief discussion in the video about how to assign a fantasy value to offensive lineman.
Here is a link to another video interview with Jerry Rice and the Wall Street Journal discussing big data and football.