The combine is underway today with players working on the field, getting medical examinations and going through media sessions with a press horde that should top 800 by the end of the process.
It is a very important time for players, and Pat Angerer remembers what he went through.
“I wouldn’t say it was super stressful. You go on little sleep, and they don’t have food for you. That’s the biggest challenge,” said Angerer.
This is one of the final job interviews a player can go through from college to the NFL. After having games attended by scouts throughout a player’s career, having to go through drills is not a fond process for some players, while others don’t mind.
Angerer understood many NFL personnel types saw everything he did at Iowa. He thought the combine drills could have been a duplication of effort. Being a football guy through and through, Angerer bucked up and used the combine to his advantage.
“You’re game are on film, and they (teams) know what you can do,” said Angerer. “It’s cool talking to the coaches and you’re competing. That’s what makes it fun. You’re competing against other people.”
Angerer had the prevailing thought that his body of on-field work would determine his fate.
“It doesn’t matter what 40(-yard dash) time you run,” said Angerer. “If you’re a good football player, you’re a good football player.”
Angerer was one of about 333 players at his combine. There is a huge class available every year. When he went through it, the combine gave him a chance to meet people beyond being opponents.
“I got a chance to meet guys who I had played against but didn’t have a chance to talk to. That was cool, guys from Penn State and Minnesota,” said Angerer. “Those were guys you met and respected. It was nice hanging out with them.”
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