Monday, February 15, 2010

Going to Work on the 2010 Season

College Bowl Games are over and we have our new Super Bowl Champs, but this does not mean the end of football.  Things are just getting started!  College programs are completing their recruiting and preparing for spring practice.  In the NFL, it is building time!  All 32 clubs are now taking serious looks at their rosters and checkbooks to determine which players are staying and which players are going.  They are also preparing to head to Indiana for The 2010 NFL Scouting Combine.

The NFL Scouting Combine is the annual job fair for prospective NFL players.  I describe it as an intense, invitation-only audition for the best college football players to get a role in the NFL.  This year, from February 24 to March 2, prospective NFL players will participate in physical and psychological exams, interviews, tests and drills.  They will work to show all of the coaches, general managers and scouts from all of the teams that they are tough enough physically and mentally to handle a job in the NFL.  It’s an exciting time!  Some players will improve their stock going into the draft and others unfortunately will drop. 

The combine will air on the NFL Network.  Visit the NFL Scouting Combine Official Invite List and check to see if anyone was invited from your alma mater.  Better yet, look for players from schools that your sweetie likes.  Imagine how pleased he’ll be when you serve dinner in front of the TV because you want to know how a player from his school is doing at the combine.  I think he just might have a beer and stay at home to watch it.  Next week, I’ll explain the workout drills, so you can add something about the "40" or "Vertical" and seal the deal. ;)

I love this time of year!  It takes me back to my roots in football – watching tapes of high school players at Schembechler Hall.  It is because of the research, analysis and negotiations that happen off the field, teams do well when the ball is snapped in the fall.  When I worked for a NBA team and a NFL team, after the last game people would ask, “What are you going to do now?”  Shocked, I always laughed and said, “WORK!  This is when we really get things done.  We can’t prepare for the first game on that day!” 

So, let’s get to work!


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