Recalling the Supplemental Draft of 1985(excerpts)

The story surrounding the supplemental draft of 1985 and my being selected by the Browns was very complicated and yet, very simple

The story surrounding the supplemental draft of 1985 and my being selected by the Browns was very complicated and yet, very simple. 

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Much has been said and written about my entrance into the NFL, but the truth is I never thought or talked about playing in the NFL until after the 1985 Fiesta Bowl. 

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The thought of "going pro" had never entered my mind previously because my class had another year left and I had two years of eligibility remaining after being "redshirted" my freshmen year. 

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He also pointed out that in this case, which was somewhat unique, I could hold off and declare myself eligible for the supplemental draft in the summer.  It was the first time I had ever heard of something called the "supplemental draft."  

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Vinnie approached me not long after the Fiesta Bowl and told me he was thinking about leaving the University of Miami and was going to transfer to the University of Louisville to play for Coach Schnellenberger, our original coach and the one who recruited the two of us to Miami in the first place.  I then knew I had to make a quick decision.

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The agent situation was a real learning experience to say the least.

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Although it was no secret I wanted to play in Cleveland, it wasn't as if I despised the thought of playing in Minnesota.  Minnesota wasn't my first choice, Cleveland was, but it wasn't a bad choice either. 

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An interesting sidenote to all this was the supplemental draft rules were changed immediately afterwards. 

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