It begins as an after school activity on neighborhood playgrounds across the nation—across the globe.
Children meeting up with their buddies with a pigskin in hand and having at it.
If this is something you have done as a kid you know about the wonderful soreness you encounter the next day and think "why" but muscle on the next day to do it all over again.
There are always two kids that end up being team captains as they begin to weed out the better kids from the ones that aren't so good to fill out their teams for that day.
It begins right there—competition, the desire to be among the top kids to get picked on a team!
You can see it on any playground, there is always just that one kid who stands out above the rest. That kid just can't be caught or catches everything, he (or she in some cases) can't be brought down or always makes a beautiful toss through the air.
For the kids who get picked last though, at the time it is an embarrassing situation as they look around at the other kids who are looking at them knowing they are better so they make a decision.
I'm going to practice my tail off and I'll show them OR frustration sinks in and that kid generally doesn't come back to play another game.
It is a known fact that there are just some kids that are more athletically gifted than others and while the gifted kids do tend to end up in the NFL, they don't always become the best at their positions.
Sometimes it is the kids who are determined, who have dreams, of becoming better.
My grandfather (may he rest in peace) once told me—"Danny, practice makes perfect" (I played nine years of soccer). Those are words that every athlete hears at one point or another in the life and they are words to live by.
The kids that do come back though, we've all seen it, he or she typically comes back the following few months or so showing his or her improvements and climbs up the "I'm better" ladder. Many of these kids have become NFL players that we all now fear if he is on the other team.
They have spent their whole lives practicing to become as perfect as they can be, learning the fundamentals of their respective positions and tomorrow evening, life long dreams will be captured for a select few in the 2010 NFL Draft.
Players like QB Sam Bradford, DT Ndamukong Suh, DB Eric Berry, RB C.J. Spiller, and CB Kyle Wilson, among many many others, all hope to be selected in the first round of this years draft.
It is about to happen for 32 kids coming into the draft tomorrow, who will be selected first and who will be selected 32, I have no clue but for many players tomorrow night, all their hard work starting from childhood going straight through to college is about to pay off!