CARSON, CALIF.,-- When history looks back on Saturday’s NFLPA Bowl, few will remember many of the particulars surrounding the National team’s 34-0 victory over the American squad. Most will likely forget that Kansas quarterback Dayne Crist was the game’s MVP or that the Dick Vermeil-coached National team capitalized on five opponent’s turnovers to cruise to a lopsided victory that was over shortly before halftime.
Still, for the 104 players who recently left college football and used the last week as an opportunity to showcase themselves to the NFL front office personnel and scouts both on and off the field, it will be a memory they take with them for a long time.
“The biggest thing in a game like this is to show you can compete,” said Crist, who finished the afternoon with 61 yards with both a passing and rushing touchdown. “The NFLPA put on an incredible event all week long.”
Every player had a different reason for coming to this game. Some were here to get exposure after...