Projected as a first to third round draft choice, Herring made the decision to forgo a professional career so he wouldn't have to work on the Sabbath, and wrote letters to each NFL team saying as much. He was still drafted in the sixth round of the 1995 NFL draft by the Oakland Raiders, and Raider senior assistant Bruce Allen flew to Provo and offered Herring a three-year, $1.5 million contract. Herring rejected it. His starting salary as a teacher at Mountain View High School was around $22,000 a year (link).It tells a lot about Eli's character that he was able to stand by his beliefs despite having to turn down a large sum of money. There is more to the story, and it is very interesting. I suggest reading Eli's full story here.
I hope that I will perform just as Eli did if I ever am faced with a similarly difficult situation.