NFL legends having a ball at the draft

Hall of Famer Jerry Rice is interviewed on the red carpet outside Radio City Music Hall. Click on the photo to view the gallery. (Ben Liebenberg / NFL.com)

NEW YORK — My, how things have changed.

That was a common refrain from some of the legends in attendance at the 75th annual NFL Draft. Following their stroll down the red carpet in front of Radio City Music Hall, and then a group photo with the prospects on the stage, the Hall of Famers went up to a reception room and were treated to food and dessert.

With their newest draft experience complete, they just couldn’t help but marvel how far the league has come.

“My days were horse and buggy, man,” joked Browns great Jim Brown. “Of course (I would have enjoyed it), what do you think? It’s nice. It brings people together.”

Lions legend Barry Sanders had similar sentiments and got a little twinkle in his eye when asked about how he would have liked to partake in this grand event.

“Oh, yeah. I would’ve freaked out, man,” commented Sanders. “I would’ve thought it was amazing.”

Though many of the legends seemed to be having a good time, new golfer Jerry Rice was not quite as enthusiastic, saying “I’ve had enough of the draft.”

Jason Feller

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