Monday, we had a company meeting at the Target field. We got to tour the field and have lunch there, it was cool. So on to the boring part, or so i thought.
Our VP of sales introduces Steve Hutchinson, and he gave a inspired speach, although unrehearsed. although i didnt mind, he seemed nervous. He handed out signed footballs to the top guys in each district. I got jobbed. lol
Then, in walks a smaller guy, it was Rick Spielmen. He gave a good speach. He spoke of not being able to be in the same room as Hutch. And asked no one call the press. lol.
He did some Q and A, on the management side, just couldnt talk abot the strike.
Some one asked why Christian Ponder at 7. He spoke of the small percentages of QBs that make it outside the first round, and even the percentages that make it big from the first round.
He spoke about the best QB prospect he has seen in 20 years was Jamarcus Russel. He had all the tools.
Just a lack of intelligence, and heart.
So he looked at all the QBs in this draft and he saw some with 1 great tool and some so so. When he looked at Christian Ponder he saw a QB with all the tools pretty good, but what stood out with Christian, was his intelligence.
RIck talked about going to the military base that the DELTA train. They are the elite of the elite. and he got to witness the test they take. Rick got to tour that base, not too many civilians get to tour that base, he said that Christian took that test and scored as high as some delta troops.
Thats why Rick liked Christian so much, he has the knowledge and the heart, along with the tools to be a great QB.
I was shocked he went into all the details about his choice of QBs. It was insightful.
Then a buddy of mine asked him if he was Ted Thompson would he cut Bret Favre. lol
Rick danced and squirmed at that question. He offered Teds cell number he could text that for my buddy, he said he cant repeat the question out loud. lol
he did stick around after our meeting and talked some more. too bad my driver was leaving or i would be asking questions.