The 2010 NFL draft is just a few days away. I often get asked this question: “Allston, why aren’t you in the NFL?” This is actually an easy question to answer, let me explain:
You see, the NFL has a rule that you must be three years removed from high school in order to enter the NFL draft. So, after my wildly unsuccessful high school football career (where I played sporadically on special teams) I decided to forgo my college football career and spend my time getting ready for the NFL. This was partly due to my choice to change positions from 3rd string wide receiver to quarterback.
After 3 years of training my time had finally come. I hired myself as my own agent and entered the 2007 NFL draft. As expected, I was selected with the first overall pick by the Oakland Raiders. Unfortunately, with my dedication to the Dallas Cowboys franchise, I passed up millions of dollars to sign and play with the Raiders. I demanded a trade to Dallas, but was forced to sit out the entire season.
I reentered the 2008 NFL draft. This year the Miami Dolphins had the number one overall selection. For the second straight year I was drafted number one overall. I told Bill Parcells and the entire Miami Dolphins front office that I would not be signing their contract and if I was not traded to the Dallas Cowboys I would sit out the entire season. Much to my surprise, for the second straight year, I was forced to sit out the entire season and reenter the NFL draft.
In 2009, the Detroit Lions had the first selection. Even with my past history of sitting out, the Lions still couldn’t pass on my obvious talent. Once again I demanded a trade. A few weeks later the Lions did make a trade with Dallas. However, it didn’t involve me but rather John Kitna for Anthony Henry. I was not pleased.
So here I am, 24 and entering my 4th NFL draft. The St. Louis Rams hold the first overall selection this Thursday. If you follow the NFL, you’ve probably heard the draft experts are expecting Sam Bradford or myself to be drafted with the first overall selection. In my conversations with the Rams, I’ve made it very clear that if they draft me, I will not sign and demand a trade to the Dallas.
So wish me luck and watch out National Football League, here I come.