Have you ever wondered what those players are talking about while they are on the phone just moments before being selected in the NFL Draft? Like maybe they are talking movies or something? Could you imagine the Vikings calling up a prospect like Toby Gerhart to talk about movies? “Hey Toby, this is the Vikings … seen ‘Hot Tub Time Machine’ yet?”
The newest Vikings back gave some insight to what happens on those calls while talking to Tony Bruno on Fox Sports Radio on Friday night (via Sports Radio Interviews). Gerhart says that he was expecting to be hearing from the Texans, but was surprised to find the Vikings on the line.
“I answered and it’s Rick Spielman from the Vikings,” Gerhart says. “And he was like ‘Hello, it’s Rick Spielman from the Vikings.’ And he was like, ‘Are you tired of waiting to get drafted?’ And I was like ‘Yeah.’ And he said, ‘Well we’re going to take you, we just traded up with Houston.”
“Are you tired of waiting to get drafted” should become a draft catch-phrase. Wonder if the Panthers asked QB Jimmy Clausen the same thing.
Gerhart admits that he was a little disappointed to not go in the first round, considering that he rushed for 1,871 yards and 27 TDs last season, far exceeding the numbers of Jahvid Best who went in the first round to the Lions.
Gerhart shook off the notion that his skin color dropped him to the second round, explaining that is not an issue to him. Instead, he is looking forward to backing up and learning from Adrian Peterson.
“Like I’ve always said all along, I’m a running back, it’s the position I play,” he said. “The whole race thing is not an issue, and hopefully I just continue to get seen as a running back, and keep playing as a running back and do great things for the Minnesota Vikings.”
Of course, he could not escape without the gratuitous Brett Favre question. Gerhart says that he has not talked to Favre, but he would certainly like to.
“If he calls me, I’ll definitely get on him to get out there,” Gerhart said. “He was my childhood idol, and never in my wildest dreams would I think I would take a hand off or catch a pass from him. So I hope he comes back, he’s a huge part of the team, and he comes back and helps us win a Super Bowl this year.”
And not to mention some free Wranglers.