Will Todd Boeckman Find a Home With The Cincinnati Bengals?

Michael ClineSenior Analyst IApril 29, 2009

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 13:  Quarterback Todd Boeckman #17 of the Ohio State Buckeyes scrambles in the first quarter against the USC Trojans during the college football game at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on September 13, 2008 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Todd Boeckman spent most of his senior season on the Ohio State sideline, watching as freshman quarterback Terrelle Pryor began to send waves across the college football waters.

He also spent all of Saturday and Sunday watching as player after player was chosen in the NFL Draft, but failed to hear his own name mentioned.

But on Monday, Boeckman got a call that might just change his life forever.

The Cincinnati Bengals have invited Todd Boeckman, as well as others, to attend their rookie mini-camp this weekend for a potential spot on the Bengals roster.

Does Boeckman stand a chance?

In 2007, Boeckman was selected first-team All-Big Ten. He led the Big Ten with a 148.94 passer rating, completing nearly 64 percent of his passing attempts. He also had 25 touchdowns and 14 interceptions.

Boeckman definitely has the skill, and he has the arm strength, but Boeckman's main dysfunction was the big game.

On occasions where it was needed for Boeckman to step up and lead the Buckeyes to the next level, he fluttered.

Ask any Buckeye fan about Boeckman and you'll see the pain in their eyes.

Boeckman was loved by Buckeye Nation. He was the hometown hero. The guy from St. Henry who would bring The Ohio State University their second National Championship this decade.

But when the game was on the line and the team needed Boeckman to make a big play, he'd drop the ball.


Or he'd make a brilliant completion, only to a player on the opposing team.

It became a commonality, and after Boeckman and the Buckeyes fell to Rose Bowl rivals USC, Boeckman also fell in the depth chart.

From there Pryor took the reigns and Boeckman finished the season manning the headsets instead of the offense.

On the bright side, Boeckman did make a few appearances throughout the remainder of the season and he played well. He played as good as we all remembered him playing (minus those primetime games we've mostly forgotten).

Honestly, he is a good quarterback. He makes mistakes, but the boy has got talent.

I hated to see Boeckman take the backseat, but I knew that it was necessary.

But hearing the news of Boeckman's invite to Cincinnati's mini-camp did my heart good.

Here's Boeckman's final chance to prove that he shouldn't be defined by the few games that have been his Achilles heel.

His final chance to prove that he is still the player we knew in 2007.

I hope he does well, I hope he makes the team.

There are many story lines in the world of sports, but my favorite has always been those of redemption.

Here's to Todd Boeckman getting his.