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2009 ESPN the Magazine's NFL Pre-Draft Party @ Espace, 2/24/09

Rahsaan HuntContributor IApril 26, 2009

ESPN the Magazine spared no expense Friday night during their annual NFL Pre-Draft party at Espace. The SVEDKA was flowing, the Coors Light was cold, the women were lovely, and the stars were out. The ambiance was one of good times, high hopes, and sound advice for this year’s draftees.

With legendary spin-mistress, Spinderella on the ones and twos and a live performance by Fabolous, ESPN the Magazine gave the NFL’s up-and-coming stars and their fans a memorable evening.

Soon to be NFL superstars, Michael Oher (University of Miss.) and Jason Smith (Baylor) were in the house as well as future Hall of Famers Deion Sanders and Michael Strahan. New York Giants’ great, Rodney Hampton, was in the building last night. The H-Town native has been busy with his various charity organizations and football camps for youngsters while practicing on his golf swing.

As the crowd settled into its collective mood, your favorite rapper's favorite slick talker and Brooklyn's own F-A-B-O took the stage and proceeded to rock the crowd with a medley of his biggest songs, much to the delight of those in attendance. Solid performance, good crowd control and overall very efficient.

Video Courtesy of Odeisel

Since this piece was originally written for, we decided to ask a few stars a question that’s a been a hot topic here on the site. The question: “Who are your Top 5 Hip-Hop artists, dead or alive?” Here’s what a few of them said:

Damien Woody, Tackle, New York Jets

  1. Notorious B.I.G.
  2. 2Pac
  3. Jay-Z
  4. Nas
  5. KRS-One

D'Brickashaw Ferguson, Tackle, New York Jets

  1. Common
  2. Notorious B.I.G.
  3. Nas
  4. Kanye West
  5. Andre 3000

Keith Bulluck, Linebacker, Tennessee Titans

  1. Jadakiss
  2. Notorious B.I.G.
  3. Jay-Z
  4. Redman
  5. Ice Cube

Michael Strahan, NFL on Fox analyst, Former New York Giant Defensive End

  1. Notorious B.I.G.
  2. 2Pac
  3. Jay-Z
  4. Lil’ Wayne
  5. Young Jeezy

Ryan Grant, Running Back, Green Bay Packers

  1. Jay-Z
  2. Notorious B.I.G.
  3. Andre 3000
  4. Eminem
  5. Game Rebellion

Idris Elba, Actor, The Wire

  1. Notorious B.I.G.
  2. Jay-Z
  3. Lauryn Hill
  4. Black Thought of The Roots
  5. Nas
  6. Bonus Pick: KRS-One

From Dennis L.A. White, Michael Ealy, and Omar Benson Miller, to Osi Umenyiora, Matt Cassell, Adrian Peterson, Brandon Jacobs, Devin Harris and many others; ESPN the Magazine’s NFL Pre-Draft Party was, and always is, a huge success.

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