This year’s NFL draft class is deep, but at least 10 players won’t be attending. Stud quarterbacks Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota have already announced their respective plans not to attend the ceremony and according to NBC Sports’ Mike Florio, at least eight more on top of those two will not be in Chicago next week.
“Per a league source, at least 10 players declined the invitation to travel to Chicago and wait to hear their names called,” Florio wrote.
“Last week, the NFL announced that 28 players will attend. It’s not known precisely how many passed, and that’s not information the NFL will be volunteering.”
Call me crazy, but these players are missing a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
One of the most breathtaking moments of the NFL Draft is the sight of players walking across the stage to embrace NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell before putting on the hat of their new team and posing with the jersey, and at least two of the best players in the class will be watching from home and waiting for a phone call from their new team’s coach or GM to alert them of their future.
Sure, having cameras in the house and watching the whole family react around the player and celebrate is fun to watch, but it’s not the same.
Maybe it’s because of personal feelings towards Goodell, or maybe it’s because the draft is at the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago this year instead of the iconic Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
Either way, these players are missing out on a big opportunity, and one they won’t soon forget.
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