This weekend is that time of the year when the NFL goes shopping for meat on the hoof — the draft.
It’s an event that has grown into an industry onto itself, going from city to city — at least pre-COVID-19 — with draft parties, mock drafts, and around-the-clock programming with draft analysts predicting future success and failure for hundreds of young men hoping to continue their football careers.
It’s a time when football fans find out who will be their new loves or whose name they will curse in years to come.
The draft has changed dramatically over the years, from a conference call exercise to an elaborate staged event, complete with hugs from NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.
What is often missing are the personal behind-the-scenes stories that led to the draft picks that became stars of their new teams — like when the Washington Football Team drafted a little-known linebacker in the 18th round (yes there were 20 rounds of the draft back in 1965) out of North Carolina — someone who had never watched an entire NFL game on television who would go on to be a Hall of Famer.