NFL prospects will take their talents and their measurables to the annual NFL Scouting Combine next week in Indianapolis, IN. The event will be thoroughly covered with live broadcasts both on NFL Network and NFL.com. There was a time however when the combine was one of the more guarded and mysterious happenings of the NFL.
The first combine was held in Tampa, FL in 1982 as a football camp where NFL clubs could evaluate skills and gain valuable medical information of the top prospects in college football. For eleven years, the combine ran with little media attention as no cameras, newspaper reporters or radio personalities were allowed access. It wasn’t until 1993 when NFL Films’ cameras became the first allowed inside the combine’s castle walls.
“This is the NFL” aired this two-part feature in September of that year giving NFL Fans their first look at the combine. In part one, you’ll hear from NFL coaches of the time about the qualities they look for in an NFL prospect and their fears of the “workout warrior”– including one coach who refused to attend the combine altogether.
In part two, you’ll see former NFL greats Drew Bledsoe and Jerome Bettis as they go through the evaluation process, as well as a rare glimpse inside the interview room in the first ever video documentation of the NFL Scouting Combine.
Don’t forget to check out NFL Network and NFL.com’s coverage of the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine February 23-26.