Updated on May 6, 2015
The NFL draft started last night. It somehow took precedence over the farewell to McDreamy on Greys Anatomy in our house. These young boys and their mothers were all waiting to see if and when they would get chosen, and which uniform they would be wearing. I can’t even imagine the anxiety and excitement and pride they all felt.
Finally, the number 1 choice is made, and Jameis has a record… Probably not the best way to represent the NFL, but whatever.
This had me wondering who previous #1 draft picks were and how well their careers went. Obviously, there have been some amazing QBs chosen first. Andrew Luck was the number choice in 2012; leading the Colts now. Both of the Manning brothers have had successful careers in the NFL. Drew Bledsoe, Vinny Testaverde, John Elway to name a few others.
In 2001, fellow Boilermaker and New Orleans Saint, Drew Brees was chosen #32, in the second round. He is a Super Bowl champ and MVP and given back a LOT to Purdue and the city of New Orleans. The number 1 draft pick that year…Michael Vick.
Going back one more year, in the 2000 draft, in the 6th round another quarterback was chosen. A man by the name of Tom Brady. Four time Super Bowl Champ, 3 time Super Bowl MVP, 2 time NFL MVP, Sportsman of the Year, Male Athlete of the Year, the list goes on and on…and husband to Gisele Bundchen. Not bad for being choice 199!!
Why am I writing about Tom Brady, when I have never really been a fan? Well, because I have often felt like choice 199. Have you, or your kids, ever been the last one chosen for the pick up basketball team? Or didn’t get that scholarship? Or make the cheerleading team? And when that happens, do you kind of just want to quit? Because I do. I do not like to fail, so I will quit before I fail.
This is a trait I do not want to pass down to my kids. I want them to know if they are the 199th person chosen they they can still win the damn Super Bowl!
It doesn’t matter WHEN you get drafted, it matter what you do AFTER you get drafted!
You can work hard, and give 100%, and be a good, kind person and that matters more than being the #1 draft pick. Just ask Ryan Leaf…