Senior Bowl for Sports Illustrated

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Back in January, I traveled to Mobile, Ala., for Sports Illustrated to cover the circus that is the Senior Bowl. For most folks involved, it’s not about the game on Saturday, it’s about the week leading up. Players meet with NFL agents, coaches, financial planners, sales people of all sorts, including suit tailors peddling their services. It’s also where scouts and coaches find out as much as they can about players, including using written personality and temperament tests. It can be a dizzying few days for these players. To start if all off, players are measured, weighed, and sized up on stage in front of a few hundred folks, all while wearing only underwear while scouts and coaches fill out spreadsheets. Above, players head to the stage for the weigh-in.

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Here’s how it ran in the magazine:

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2 Comments

  1. Reply
    Tom Smarch April 18, 2016

    Great story Kevin. I had no idea what they go through and frankly it is quite strange. Thanks for sharing it.

    • Reply
      Kevin Liles July 21, 2016

      Thanks Tom!!!

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