The Seattle Seahawks moved back five picks in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft, but they already had a good idea of who they wanted to select. They knew they needed an offensive tackle and former Texas A&M Aggie Germain Ifedi was available at 31.
He was not in attendance for the draft itself, but there were cameras at his home to catch his and his family’s reaction. When he got the call from the Seahawks asking if he wanted to play for them, what happened next was pretty awesome.
That is exactly how a first-round pick of the NFL Draft should react. What was even cooler was that Seahawks owner Paul Allen posted a video of what the other end of the phone call looked like.
Germain Ifedit spoke with ESPN about how nerve-wracking it was to see 30 other players have their named called before him. He expressed his relief with finally having his phone ring on Thursday.
“It was a long wait, 30 picks, and if you get that call, you don’t know who it’s from,” Ifedi said. “It could be a bill collector. You don’t know. You don’t know who’s calling you. If it’s the wrong person, you might lose it. But it was the right person. I heard John [Schneider], and I jumped out of my seat. I didn’t hear the last name. It could have been John anybody. I heard John, I was like, ‘It has to be the guy.’ It was one of the greatest moments of my life, if not the greatest moment of my life.
“We were all going through it for a while, so we all let out a lot of excitement at that moment.”
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