Bright lights. Red carpet. Prime-time television. Center stage at the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago. Anxiously waiting to hear your name called upon by the commissioner. It is the culmination of unrivaled dedication, a relentless work ethic and a fearless attitude that have guided these individuals to create this signature moment.
Tonight, the 2015 NFL Draft kicks off at 8 p.m. ET. For the 253 individuals that will be drafted, this is the ultimate dream. And for some, this will be their first job ever. The players who capitalize on this grand-scale opportunity and who diligently manage all of the hype will turn the dream into reality. Otherwise, one may quickly discover the NFL’s alternative meaning; Not For Long.
In the spirit of Throwback Thursday, let’s wind back the clocks to the 1991 NFL Draft.
With the 33rd overall pick in the year’s draft, the Atlanta Falcons selected the lauded University of Southern Mississippi quarterback, Brett Favre. The 22-year-old had barely settled into the Atlanta suburbs before he was quickly shipped off. In his rookie year, he lined up under center for just two games after tossing two of his four total attempts into the hands of the opposing team.
One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.
A dormant Green Bay Packers team that had been wading in a two-decade drought desperately needed an identity. General Manager, Ron Wolf, resurrected the organization by swinging a masterstroke trade for No. 4. Favre would go on to call Lambeau Field his home for 16 of his 20-year career. After all the milestone accomplishments and iconic memories made with the Green and Gold, the Mississippi native will be returning “home” this year for the first time since the 2010 season when he was the signal caller for division rival, Minnesota Vikings.
On July 18, Favre will be inducted into the Packers’ Hall of Fame and his jersey number will be retired. But it won’t be until Thanksgiving night when the Pack host the Chicago Bears that the No. 4 jersey will be placed into the rafters.
This year’s draft is loaded with highly-touted quarterbacks with franchise potential. Who knows, maybe the next Brett Favre is among this year’s class.
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