Studying and getting good grades is a must to be eligible to play sports and participate in other extracurricular activities in most school districts. You will need to make studying more of a priority than even the football in order to play football! Plus, you will need an education to success in life. When football or your designated sport is over, you will use your eduction to make a living to take care of yourself and your family.
Set academic goals, break them into small steps, and start with those steps. Start small and you will be surprised by how easy it is to finish.
Be proactive. Many teams travel outside of their home city. That takes away even more time from school. So it is imperative that you keep up with your school work. Make sure you know what class assignments you have and their due dates.
Communicate with your teachers. Let them know that you are interested in your education just as much as you are interested in your sport. Ask for their assistance if you have questions or need help. Believe it or not, most of them want you to succeed and will be willing to help you.