Be Careful What You Ask At The Scouting Combine

The NFL Scouting Combine opens in Indianapolis and you have to wonder if the NFL has told personnel to watch what questions they ask the participants.




The NFL Scouting Combine is a strange world. NFL personnel ask unappreciated questions that question players’ mothers and prejudices. Questions that real should be out of bounds. About 300 college players run around in shorts and are evaluated athletically and mentally. Two years ago, there was a concern when, an openly gay player, Michael Sam showed off his wares in the NFL meat market. The aftermath? The sun still rose in the east and set in the west and the earth still orbited the Sun.

That was good news for Jack Burkman, the owner of the Burkman Associates, a Washington lobbyist. Having Sam at work was supposed to upset the balance of the universe. At least that was the thought of some people. Sam’s Indianapolis appearance has caused one K Street lobbyist to find Congressional members to come up with a bill that would make sure Sam would never play in the NFL.

Burkman has decided that Michael Sam is not good for the NFL or for American morals. “We are losing our decency as a nation. Imagine your son being forced to shower with a gay man. That’s a horrifying prospect for every mom in the country. What in the world has this nation come to?

“If the NFL has no morals and no values, then Congress must find values for it.”

The last statement is quite a stretch because if Burkman is really worried about morality the NFL is the last place in sports where you would find people preaching practices to the masses.

Burkman didn’t really paid too much attention to the NFL or was just plain uninformed.  U-T San Diego has a running tote board of NFL players and executive arrests since 2000 and the website takes up an awful lot of bandwidth. Some of the names on NFL rosters in the past year and a half include accused murderer Aaron Hernandez, Josh Brent, who was accused and found guilty of DUI manslaughter in the death of his teammate Jerry Brown in 2012 and Jovan Belcher who killed himself in front of Kansas City Chiefs front office and coaching staff members after shooting and killing his girlfriend and the mother of his child in December 2012.


The NFL is hardly a bastion of morality but Burkman and his ilk think otherwise. Burkman also failed to find any members of Congress who shared his view, at least publicly.


The NFL’s Indianapolis meat market where teams shop is underway.