(Carson Wentz photo from the Talk of Fame library)
(Herman Edwards photo courtesy of the New York Jets)
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The NFL is bearing down on the draft and so is the Talk of Fame Network, which is why we invited Heisman Trophy-winner Derrick Henry on this week’s show to talk about his own draft prospects.
In addition to the Heisman, Henry won the Maxwell and Walter Camp awards as the best player in college football. He also won the Doak Walker Award as the best running back in the college game and was both a first-team All-SEC and a first-team All-America. He broke Herschel Walker’s single season rushing record in the SEC and Shaun Alexander’s career rushing mark at Alabama.
On top of all that, Henry rushed for 158 yards and three touchdowns to power the Crimson Tide to a 45-40 victory over Clemson in the national championship game.
“This past season has been a blessing,” Henry said.
So much of a blessing that Henry opted to forego his final season of eligibility to turn pro. He and Ezekiel Elliott of Ohio State project as the top two running backs in the 2016 draft next week.
Also visiting the show were former Jets’ coach and ESPN NFL analyst Herman Edwards, former Pro Bowl cornerback Corey Chavous and Rams’ assistant head coach Dave McGinnis.
Edwards talked about his good friend and Class of 2016 Hall of Fame inductee Tony Dungy, plus the New England dynasty. Chavous, who is now an NFL draft analyst, talked about the top three quarterbacks — Jared Goff, Carson Wentz and Paxton Lynch — and how they stack up. McGinnis talked about his former safety with the Cardinals, the late Pat Tillman, on the 12th anniversary of his passing.
“What hurts me so bad is the tremendous loss of what Pat was going to be able to contribute to life,” McGinnis said. “I’m not just talking about football. I’m talking about life in general. When we lost Pat Tillman — and I say ‘we’ because I think it encompasses all of us that care anything about what is good and right and true in America — that’s a void. I know personally it’s a huge void for me.”
(Pat Tillman photo courtesy of the Arizona Cardinals)
We also visited with Paul Kuharsky of ESPN Tennessee about the Titans and their blockbuster trade at the top of the draft. There’s all that and more on the two-hour show which can be heard on 80 radio stations around the country, on the Talk of Fame podcast at iTunes or by using the TuneIn app. It can also be heard at talkoffamenetwork.com.