That time of year is approaching when humble pie creams some of America's most famous young athletes at their NFL & NBA drafts.
One of the great highlights of watching the NBA & NFL drafts is when some of the much over hyped prima donnas watch $millions slipped through their hands which their agents promised them and reality slaps them in the face.
NFL noteworthy recent falls have been in 2005 Aaron Rodgers waited 6 hours to go #24 after some had him ahead of #1 Alex Smith. Matt Leinart only to #10 in 2006, and most dramatized was Brady Quinn in 2007 agonizing fall to #22 after thinking he also may have chance at #1 or the Dolphins at #9. The NFL was so embarrassed for Brady that they had to take him off the floor.
Unfortunately, the NFL decided to deprived us of the future joyful drama after the Brady Quinn saga in 2007. They had to protect the fragile egos of their young potential stars by insuring that they had the top players only in the green room.
The NBA this past year had Darrell Arthur drop from a potential pick in the teens to #27, then traded a few times draft night, but ended up being a complimentary player at best for Memphis this year. In 2005 USA Today predicted high school dunking extraordinaire Gerald Green going #2 to Portland, but they chose Martell Webster. Green was not in attendance to face the embarrassing drop to #18 to the Celtics. Though he can dunk and hit the three point shot he is on his 4th team and still trying to develop his game.
I think it is good for young fans see their future stars agonize a bit. To witness the frustrations and that many don't see their dreams of being a top pick come true. This is even more important for underclassman to witness who have ambitions of coming out early some day. Of the five mentioned above only Aaron Rodgers is finally getting a chance to star, but had to work hard and wait four years behind Brett Favre to get his chance and his team still lost 3x more under him dropping from 13-3 to 6-10.
If players drop several spots they still will make more money than 95% of the population and should be happy to have the chance to play sports for a profession that many only can dream about. I commend those secondary players that attend the draft in the stands and still celebrate when they are selected in the later rounds. It's the later round players that have to work hard to prove themselves I applaud the most and tip my hat when they succeed and get the big second contract.
To the Brady Quinns of the future, there is a reason you dropped, and until you prove that you should have been a top pick, appreciate the opportunity and handle yourself with class and integrity. You look foolish than falling apart for the whole world to see though it makes great reality TV.