About the only person who was not booed at the NFL Draft on Thursday night was from Temple University. The hometown Eagles’ pick was met with mixed boos and cheers, which was surprising. Picks of the New York Giants, Washington Redskins and Dallas Cowboys were booed, as was the Commissioner, which was not.
Only Temple football was cheered, loudly and proudly.
In a city where Temple football has always been second fiddle to the pro team in town, that’s a tremendous moment.
Maybe the best.
“Temple TUFF is the
most elite, toughest,
on the planet.”
_ Haason Reddick
Haason Reddick, who was drafted No. 13 overall by the Arizona Cardinals, walked down the steps of the Art Museum to a crescendo of loud cheers and not a single boo.
Derek Barnett, the Tennessee defensive end who went next to the hometown team, was met with a scattering of boos and cheers. There were a lot of Eagles’ fans dressed in green exiting after that pick with thumbs down signs.
We’ll see what happens over the next few years but a writer could not have picked a better scenario for Reddick or a better place for him to flourish. Former Temple head coach Bruce Arians is in charge there and a couple of great former Temple assistants (Nick Rapone and Amos Jones) are among the numerous Owl connections out there.
There will be a lot of Temple stories, old and new, for Reddick to hear from and swap with the old heads.
Arians will take care of Reddick in a way that Doug Pederson could not have so, from the standpoint of a perfect fit, Reddick to Arizona is probably better than any other pick in the draft—even Myles Garrett to Cleveland at No. 1.
If Temple North is the New York Jets, then certainly Temple South is the Arizona Cardinals.
Temple Central will remain embedded in Reddick’s heart and he said it best when interviewed by Upper Dublin High School grad Suzie Kobler on ESPN when she asked him what Temple TUFF was all about. Kobler knows all about Temple having grown up across the street from Temple’s Ambler Campus.
“Temple TUFF is the most elite, toughest, hardest-working, people on the planet,” Reddick said.
Now it’s up to Geoff Collins to turn that quote and that moment into mining a 2017 recruiting class worthy of those words.
Reddick gave him a good head start with the unprecedented love.
Monday: The Other Guys