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NFL Reacts to Aaron Hernandez with Combine Ban

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RUSH: "In response to the criticism arising from the Aaron Hernandez case, the NFL is considering a change --" Well, I don't think it's gonna have any impact.  What they're gonna do, "the NFL is considering barring academically ineligible prospects from the Scouting Combine in Indianapolis."  This is the meat market.  Do you know what the Scouting Combine is, Snerdley?  You did?  You watched it?  All these college prospects show up in Indianapolis in their underwear and they put 'em through all kinds of physical exercises that are related to the positions they play.  They run the 40. They do push-ups, the bench press, any number of things. 

You don't have to go to the thing.  It's one of these things, if you do, supposedly your prospects are enhanced, but if you do show up and don't do well then your prospects are not enhanced. Like some of the college quarterbacks show up and don't throw at the thing. They go, they do the interviews with the team, but they don't throw any passes.  They don't have their receivers and so forth. 

Anyway, the league is now getting tough on the fact that a lot of graduates can't read their diplomas, and so now the NFL is considering disallowing academically ineligible players from the Scouting Combine.  A source here says that "the possibility is 'being discussed because of the increased scrutiny on the maturity and commitment of the prospects entering the NFL.'"

If you really want to do something about this, academically ineligible means you can't be drafted.  But they'll never do that.  Snerdley said, "Why don't they cut to the chase and ban hoodlums?"  (laughing)  "Sorry, you're a hood, you can't play."  It's never gonna happen.  Some teams want them.  Some teams want the bad-ass characters.  Like hockey teams want their enforcers. You know, some teams want 'em.

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