He was actually WAY higher level than Schaub in football, but not Mitrione. He probably didn't make the NFL in part because he's undersized, which doesn't make him any less athletic as a MW fighter. Sure he may not be an elite NFL player, but his athletic background still puts him in a very elite class (starter on a national championship college team). There is no fucking black and white distinction here, it's a continuum. He is clearly a worlds higher athlete than virtually any MMA fighter based on this Sherdog evaluation, and yet he is not dominating by any stretch even after years of dedicated training and amateur fights. It would stand to reason that the difference between Anders and Machida on a football field is likely greater than Anders and a top level NFL linebacker, and yet it didn't matter. In fact your Schaub and Mitrione mentions are very appropriate here. Schaub wasn't half the football player Mitrione was, and yet he easily walked through him in MMA. Mitrione wasn't half the football player Marcus Davis was and yet he walked through him in MMA with far less training.