Former Pro Bowl wide receiver Brandon Marshall is now 15 years removed from his NFL scouting combine experience, but those days of auditioning and interviewing for his dream job remain etched in his memory.
So when he learned the NFL, out of concern over COVID-19, would scrap the 2021 combine -- which would have taken place last week in Indianapolis -- Marshall took action.
He wanted to ensure that the 20-plus athletes who had been preparing for the combine through his training facility, House of Athlete in Weston, Florida, still got a pre-draft experience and opportunity like he had in 2006, before he was drafted by Denver in the fourth round.
“It was an interesting process; it was a hard process -- a lot of tension and stress, because this is the thing you dreamt about since you were 6 or 7 years old,” Marshall, the HOA founder and CEO, recalled this week. “I wanted those guys to be able to experience this ... to show the scouts and the NFL what they have. This is the biggest stage, and if you take that away, what opportunity do they have?”
So this week, Marshall and House of Athlete are hosting their own combine-style event for draft prospects. He’s also doing his part to ensure that draft junkies get their combine fix -- the event will live stream on FoxSports.com at 10 a.m. Friday. Footage will re-air on House of Athlete’s "Path to the Draft" series on Fox Sports.