By Kelsey Miller
The NFL Draft is an event that every almost every football fan can look forward to. Particularly in the first round, the most elite and outstanding players from colleges around the country are selected to live their dream playing in the NFL.
The emotion that players feel when they get to that level of acceptance is like none other. It is empowering to see young men moving forward with their lives and taking the next step to be a role model to young fans. NFL Network caught all the action in New York from the hugs and kisses of friends and family, the joyous tears and supportive fan bases.
This year’s draft had many surprises, especially Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel not being a top pick after one of the most amazing performances from a college quarterback. He was selected by the Cleveland Browns who haven’t had much luck in the past few decades. Michael Sam, Missouri defensive lineman who came out to the public months prior to the draft, was selected as the first openly gay NFL player.
Despite media criticism on his ability for NFL play and body structure, Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater was the last to be selected in the first round. He was selected by the Minnesota Vikings and hopes to show his mother, a breast cancer survivor, what he is capable of in the world of professional football.
Young men around the world wishing to be athletes can learn a lot from watching the NFL Draft. Players from all walks of life are accepted into an elite group from hard work, dedication and fighting through adversity. One day, your son or nephew could hear the words that would give any hopeful athlete goose bumps.
“With the first pick of the 2014 NFL Draft, the Jacksonville Jaguars select…”