I know what you're saying. But I think owners wouldn't necessarily be into him from a marketing standpoint. I definitely think they would catch a lot of flack from their football people. Especially since in this era of NFL parity, almost any team can really compete for the Vince Lombardi trophy.
I definitely think the guy has serious athletic ability. He was an NCAA wrestling national champ, right? But his absence from any kind of organized football since high school is a huge strike against him. I think a route like the Arena league, the CFL or NFL Europe would be the most likely scenario for him before he plays a single down in the NFL. Could he get signed and get invited to an NFL training camp? Possibly, but I would be really surprised to see him make any team's roster.
As Scott said, I'd bet he'll end up AT LEAST on the Vikings Practice Squad.
- Former NCAA Champion and University of Minnesota
- Constant guest on local Minnesota Spots Talk Radio station
He guy has a HUGE following here for whatever reason. I'd compare this to when Jordan wanted to play baseball. The White Sox were basically forced to give this Jordan a minor league tryout contract or else theyd have to face the wrath of the home-town fans.
I agree with ya that he might not make it in the NFL, and that MOST teams wouldn't even give the guy a look, publicity or not, but here in MN it's a bit of a differnt story. If the Vikings don't give this guy at least a try-out, Mike Tice will be answering questions from the local media about it for the rest of the year. Lesnar's popularity here (MN) is the deciding factor.
One thing you have to take into account is Minnesotan's LOVE of their "own". If you are from here, you are pretty much a lock to be loved here...