Vikings Sign CFL WR Arceneaux To 3-Year Deal
#1 Jan 27, 2011
I think it's great when a NFL team can sign a player out of somewhere other than from within the NFL or straight out of college. Too much emphasis is placed on the NFL Draft going after hot shot college players like the Heisman winners. And there is no guarantee that they'll be good NFL players. You want proof? Only 3 college Heisman Trophy winner quarterbacks since 1980 have been in a NFL Pro Ball game. Only 1 college Heisman winner quarterback in the last 40 years has played in a Super Bowl. Only 2 out of the 8 college Heisman winner quarterbacks since 2000 are starters in the NFL.
Whether it's the CFL or something else or just straight off the street, every man that wants to play in the NFL should be given a chance to try out to some degree. Quarterback Jon Kitna came out of the CFL and he has had a long NFL career playing for various teams including the Seattle Seahawks, the Cincinnati Bengals, the Detroit Lions, and the Dallas Cowboys. While a Bengal he was named the 2003 AFC Comeback Player Of The Year. Quareterback Kurt Warner came right off the street, I think he was an insurance salesman, and tried out for the NFL and he has had a long career playing for the St. Louis Rams, the New York Giants, and the Arizona Cardinals. He even had 2 Super Bowl apperarances.
So, to quote Forrest Gump:
"Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what your gonna get."
Who knows? The next great NFL legend may not be a college superstar waiting to be drafted. He may be playing in the CFL or somewhere else or even be a regular guy right off the street.
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