Originally written April 26, 2013 on Fox Sports:
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The fine print on NFL commissioner Roger Goodell's invitation to elite players for a free trip to New York City strongly encourages them to stay as long as it takes to go. Or in other words, stay until you hear your name. In rare instances, this leads to the NFL version of the walk of shame, green room attendees not taken on Day 1 trudging back in their rumpled suits for Day 2 and another pick, or 10 picks, or round of national TV-scrutiny and public humiliation. This looked to be West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith's fate after a long Thursday of 32 up, 32 down and barely a nibble of interest much less being invited on stage for an awkward hug, cap and jersey. Smith flew all the way to NYC to watch Florida State quarterback EJ Manuel, his buddy from long ago, called up by Buffalo in what was supposed to be his moment and he looked crushed. He watched himself be passed on in favor of junk butts and head cases, his face falling deeper and deeper. And in that moment, he h...
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