Note to NFL: You Better Do Your Background Checks
April 26, 2011
You might recall a story we posted last month about a Sports Illustrated/CNN poll that found 7% of all players on the roster of NCAA Football’s Top 25 list had been charged with, or convicted of criminal activity.
Lowlights include Notre Dame’s Michael Floyd, USC Quarterback Mitch Mustain and Arkansas Quarterback, Ryan Mallett (formerly the pride of the Michigan Wolverines). Thankfully, there are no Ohio State Buckeyes on this year’s list. They must have been busy selling memorabilia or bartering for tattoos.
So, all 32 teams are on notice. Start the vetting process early and often. I can hear Hank Williams Jr. now, “Are you ready for some background checks?”
By the way, perhaps another blog post for another time. We should evaluate which NFL general managers have robbed their teams with awful player selections. I still can’t get over Ernie Accorsi of the Cleveland Browns drafting of Duke University linebacker Mike Junkin with the 5th pick in the 1st round. I’m taking nominations now.