Over the last few months, I have followed a few select players through the entire NFL Draft process as part of research for my next book DRAFT SEASON: Beyond the Clock. This past weekend marked the end of a long and exhausting road for these young men. Some were drafted, some signed free agent contracts and one young man joined a team he had dreamed of playing for since he was a boy.
I was not only able to follow Vinny’s journey firsthand, but I also trained alongside him during a one-week period in Atlanta during the second week of February.
Following that extraordinary week and upon the suggestion of Vinny, I wrote a short ebook on the experience. The result was DRAFT SEASON: Preparing for the NFL, which is now available HERE.
Now, as I begin to write DRAFT SEASON: Beyond the Clock, I will encapsulate Vinny’s journey from the beginning to the end of that four-month period. But more so than the x’s and o’s involved with that season, I will reveal the faces underneath the football helmets and more of the person than the player.
Vinny’s Draft Season did not end with a first-round selection like he had hoped, but one of the things I learned was that was in the game of life, he will always be a first-round pick no matter how many people would be draft eligible.
The Draft Season is truly an exhausting and stressful time for these young men and it was remarkable how Vinny handled himself through all the ups and downs.
Philadelphia Eagles fans should get ready to welcome more than just a great player. This season, they will be able to cheer for someone who is just as great off the field.