Wednesday, April 27, 2011

The Next Step

Alex Gross (Courtesy: COLUMBIA ATHLETICS)

Everyone knows that playing Ivy football for four years is basically a stepping stone to 40+ years of a great career.

(Well, maybe not EVERYONE... there is one school in the Ivies where the relatively new head coach is causing major problems but making some ridiculous offseason demands
on his players. More on that tomorrow).

That’s true for about 95% of the kids coming to play in the Ancient Eight.

For a select few players, like Columbia’s Alex Gross, Thursday night’s NFL draft may provide an equally lucrative detour from that set path.

Many experts say Gross has a great chance to be drafted or signed as a free agent by the time the whole process wraps in the next week or so.

Frankly, the NFL should be honored to have a person like Alex in its midst.

His good grades and winning personality will certainly help him succeed in the non-sports world, but he needs to give being a pro athlete a chance or he’ll regret it forever.

Great Idea!

The Lions are taking part in a unique fundraiser this Friday for a young boy fighting cancer named Stuart MacNaughton.

The football players will do weightlifting exercises in return for your donations.

I’ve already made my donation, how about you?


At Wed Apr 27, 07:43:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Gross is a great guy, but come on. The NFL? He's not exceptionally fast, he's pretty small, and can't cover (as seen in the dartmouth game, Nick had a monster game). He's a fierce competitor and smart player, but in the NFL, it takes more than that.

At Wed Apr 27, 07:40:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would think Kennedy is a better bet.

At Wed Apr 27, 10:07:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kennedy is not pursuing the NFL. If you see him around, he looks to be around 190 pounds, and supposedly is not pursuing a career in football

At Wed Apr 27, 10:55:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am no expert, but sometimes there are unique cases of smaller guys, who can do it with heart and determination--Danny Woodhead and Wayne Chrebet are some examples that come to mind. Who knows?

At Wed Apr 27, 11:05:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Rory Wilfork couldn't stick in the NFL it would be hard to think that Alex Gross would have a better shot. Of course, my guess is that Rory has done a lot better on Wall Street by a long shot, and I would suppose that Alex would have the same options. Remember that NFL stands for Not For Long.

At Thu Apr 28, 12:42:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with the first poster. And to the case of Woodhead and Chrebet, Woodhead ran a 4.33. Chrebet was in the high 4.4s, but he played Wide Receiver, much easier to be a smaller wide receiver than a smaller linebacker. Its just too tough to be that small and play against 6'7 350 pound offensive tackles


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