UNI students have a lot to gain from athletics even if they are not the ones competing. A small full-time staff supervises and trains undergraduates and graduate assistants for future careers in athletic training. Students have gone on to be hired full time for the NFL and top college programs. The athletic training staff arrives about an hour before the team to get everything staged about four hours before each football game. With about 100 players practicing, it requires a lot of people pitching in to keep student-athletes healthy and safe.