The NFL Draft is special to every player that gets picked. We’ve known this for as long as the draft’s been going on. I don’t remember ever seeing a player care about how he was picked by a team, just that he was picked at all.
But on Saturday afternoon during the fourth round of the NFL Draft in Philly, the NFL Network’s Mike Mayock, who’s a Philly native in case you didn’t know, almost lost his shit after the Indianapolis Colts had an orangutan select the 144th overall pick of the draft in defensive tackle Grover Stewart.
[Note: May need to turn your volume up.]
“If we’re going back to the zoo, I’m walking off the desk. I’ve about had the zoo, OK? Enough. Enough. I mean, is this good TV? … I think we’ve got to be a little respectful to ‘Big Grove’ here. It’s a big day for Grover Stewart, and rather than talking about that chimp, let’s get back to some football here. It’s a big day for him.”
I love Mayock, but he was hilariously off base here. I doubt that Grover Stewart’s moment was ruined by an orangutan. Like I said above, and even though I don’t know Stewart personally, I doubt he could have had any issue with how he was chosen by the Colts. After all, the NFL has made this draft into a huge spectacle, and what other way can they get people interested enough in watching players get picked on a Saturday? Have some realistic common sense.
Mayock defended Philly fans at last year’s draft, so I won’t kill him for this. But, holy hell, have some fun.
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