Why I left the NFL over PPP program, then came back to ESPN
The last time I was a football fan, I was at the end of my career, which meant that I’d been out of the league for 15 years.
That meant I had nothing left to talk about with my friends, family, or colleagues.
But a few years later, I realized that there was still something for me in this sport that I never got to talk to a fan about.
I decided to start a podcast called The Playbook, a project that would cover everything from the NFL’s rise to the Super Bowl, to what it’s like to be a pro athlete, and all the other things that make a sports fan tick.
That project led to a lot of interviews and articles, which led to some great things for my podcast and for the sport.
I have a new podcast, The Playbooks, to talk with you about this week.
So I’m happy to be back on The PlayBooks.
I’m not talking about the current season of The PlayBook.
This is about the future.
So let’s get to it.
ESPN: How was the NFL draft process?
Tom Gower: It was tough, man.
I remember one time, my agent told me I should draft the No. 1 pick.
I was like, dude, what are you talking about?
So he was like: We’ve got the No and the No-1 picks.
And I was, like, I don’t know, the No, No-2 pick?
And he was, just, I’m going to pick the No 1 pick, too.
I got a great feeling about that pick.
It was like a dream come true.
I had my agent tell me, “Man, you should draft this pick.”
I was just, like—that’s what I was feeling.
ESPN-USA: How did you feel about it?
Gower: I was pretty excited.
I thought it was the best pick in my draft history, in terms of what I thought about it.
I think we got the right guy, and we got a guy that I could say is the best of the best, in my opinion. ESPN-USA