I’ve often wondered why some NFL General Managers choose to take a “holier than thou” approach to selecting hot college football talent when draft day rolls around. For many, there is an apparent double-standard when it comes to character issues. Once you’re in the league, character issues generally result in hand-slaps, a mild pilfering of a player’s bank account, and repeated chances to become a better citizen. However, you have to get into the league first in order to get that sort of treatment. So, should NFL General Managers just disregard character issues with the hot college prospects? I believe so.
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With the Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Terrelle Pryor in the news lately for his recent scandal, it’s easy to forget just how good Pryor has been. While he may not appreciate the pride of the university and the legacy of players before him, he comes from a long line of very successful Buckeye quarterbacks. Men such as Troy Smith, Joe Germaine, Craig Krenzel, and Mike Tomczak have all worn the scarlet and gray, but one name you won’t see on any “Top Buckeye QB lists” is the one and only Shane Falco.
Maybe you overlooked this former All-American. Maybe you don’t remember that he suffered an embarrassing loss in the 1996 Sugar Bowl, falling by a whopping 45 points, and earning the nickname “Footsteps” because he was too quick to dump the ball off and shied away from contact. Maybe you forgot he was drafted by San Diego and that his professional career lasted just a single season when he was unable to overcome his tendency to choke. Maybe you don’t know any of this because Shane Falco isn’t a real person. He’s just a character played by legendary Keanu Reeves in the movie The Replacements. (Thank you TBS for showing this last night…twice.)