Connor Halliday breaks silence via Newsweek

FORMER Washington State quarterback Connor Halliday has ended the silence over his inexplicable decision last summer to walk away from the NFL on the eve of training camp.

Intertwined with the answer, which is included in a 2,000-word-plus article by Newsweek’s John Walters, Halliday lashes out at the Washington Redskins for signing him to a free-agent deal rather than drafting him and says NFL scouts don’t like Cougar coach Mike Leach’s Air Raid offense.

Walters writes of Halliday’s two weeks at the Redskins’ headquarters before training camp formally kicked off: “Like a law school grad cramming for the bar exam while his mind is plagued with self-doubts about practicing law, Halliday was easily distracted. Mentally and emotionally, he had tapped out. On the eve of the three-day rookie training camp, he bought a one-way ticket home.”

Walters then quotes Halliday: “I felt bad about not telling coach (Jay) Gruden face-to-face. But I also felt like they told me that they were going to draft me, and then they didn’t.”

Halliday said he couldn’t believe he wasn’t drafted and, as a result, “my mind wasn’t in the right place.”

Later in the story, Halliday says of his decision to leave the Redskins: “I was so down, and I felt so little. I felt so helpless. I have battled through so much, and I have never gotten a reward for this.”

In addition, the story quotes Halliday as saying NFL scouts told him “being a Leach QB would scare teams off.” The story notes that Kliff Kingsbury, B.J. Symons, Sonny Crumbie and Graham Harrell -- former Leach stars at Texas Tech -– threw a collective six passes in their NFL careers.

Halliday is living with his mom in Spokane and looking for work while maintaining the notion of a return to football. “It’s very stressful,” he says, “when you have to be someone you’re not used to being.”

He will not miss 2015, the story says, listing Halliday's NFL woes, a one-day-tryout and release by the CFL’s B.C Lions, and a marriage to his childhood sweetheart that lasted just briefly.

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