A lot of different factors contribute to what sports a kid plays growing up. One huge factor is location, location, location. A child raised in Minnesota has a much higher chance of playing Hockey than American Football, and vice-versa for a kid from Alabama. But are the two sports really so different? Yes, and No. From an athletic standpoint the two sports are eerily similar and can be helpful to each other in developing well rounded athletes instead of these one sport participants of the millennial class.