Yesterday at the combine, Tacoma native Scott Crichton pushed some reality into the proceedings. Crichton is projected by Rob Rang to go in the second round after an excellent career as a defensive end at Oregon State. Unlike most underclassmen, Crichton didn’t bother to get a draft evaluation. He was leaving school early no matter what. Why? He was tired of seeing his parents battle to make ends meet.
“I’ve taken this responsibility to take care of them,” Crichton said at the NFL combine. “My mom works two jobs, and my dad is disabled and still works a job, too. They are getting old, and I want them to retire and just stop working. I just did this for my family.”
Here’s more from Crichton in today’s paper.
> In regard to Red Bryant, he’s among what seems an obvious group of Seahawks who are likely to be cut and/or restructured. We heard reports of Sidney Rice being cut, then he tweeted a goodbye to Seattle fans. Now, Bryant. Zach Miller is a strong possibility as is Chris Clemons. If Clemons goes, the Seahawks may be able to keep Miller as is. Free agency officially begins March 11.
> The owner of the Cleveland Browns confirmed they went after Jim Harbaugh.
> Jason La Canfora of CBS says Harbaugh’s relationship with 49ers brass is getting worse.
> 710 says media scrutiny may be another hurdle for Michael Sam.
> A San Diego State running back says he left the combine because God told him if he did, that he would be drafted by the Seahawks.
> Matt Hasselbeck’s daughters ended up behind the microphones at the combine Sunday.
> Peter King with an extended look at Johnny Manziel.
> USA Today with five takeaways from the NFL combine.
> Steelers safety Ryan Clark says it will be difficult for referees to police use of the N-word.
> ESPN’s Outside the Lines put together a show about the use of the N-word as it relates to sports. One particularly interesting portion was how older athletes, like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, viewed it and how the high school kids ESPN talked to viewed it. There’s a disconnect, to say the least.