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(Aaron Donald photo courtesy of the St. Louis Rams)
(Ron Wolf photo courtesy of the Green Bay Packers)
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The NFL conducted its annual scouting combine this past week, so we at the Talk of Fame Network sought out two folks who excelled at this time of year — Ron Wolf and Aaron Donald.
Wolf was one of the best talent evaluators in NFL history — a Hall-of-Fame talent evaluator, in fact. Wolf was an inaugural candidate in the contributor category and was voted to the Hall of Fame’s Class of 2015. Donald was the 13th overall pick of the 2014 NFL draft by the St. Louis Rams who went on to become the NFL’s Defensive Rookie of the Year with nine sacks on his way to the Pro Bowl.
Wolf pulled off one of the greatest trades in NFL history, sending a first-round draft pick in 1992 for a rolly-poly third-string quarterback of the Atlanta Falcons. But Brett Favre slimmed down in Green Bay and became the most prolific passer in NFL history.
“Without Brett Favre, no one would know who Ron Wolf is,” Wolf said.
So we asked Wolf if he had he had a choice of three quarterbacks — Favre, Joe Montana or Tom Brady –whom he would take.
“My vote is prejudiced,” Wolf said, “because of Brett Favre. I would take Favre…but I probably should take Brady. If I was intelligent enough, I would say Tom Brady. What he’s accomplished is remarkable. This really hurts me because I owe a great deal to Brett Favre in my career. The best player I’ve ever been around personally was Brett Favre. I don’t know a darn thing about Tom Brady other than watching him play. But I would have to say Tom Brady.”
Donald does not fit the NFL prototype. This league prefers its defensive tackles in the 6-4, 325-range. Donald was woefully undersized at 6-1, 285 — but he lit up the 2014 combine with a 4.62 40-yard dash. He was faster than a lot of the running backs and wide receiver at that combine. His workout shot Donald into the middle of the first round, proving that size does not matter.
“The talk about (being) undersized has always been there,” said Donald, who only had three scholarship offers coming out of high school from Pitt, Toledo and Akron. “But if you can play football, you can play football regardless of your size.”
And Aaron Donald can play football.
In addition to Donald and Wolf, host Ron Borges states the Hall-of-Fame case for Tom Flores, host Rick Gosselin explores Wolf’s knack for drafting quarterbacks in his weekly Dr. Data segment and Borges explores the troubled times of Josh Gordon in his weekly Borges or Bogus segment. The Hall of Fame Guys also mull ways to fix the Hall-of-Fame voting process, and, on this Oscars weekend, discuss their choices for the best sports movies. In addition, there’s the always popular two-minute drill at the end of each hour segment.