Add another name from college basketball to NFL stardom as Rico Gathers of Baylor was selected in the sixth round, 217th pick overall by the Dallas Cowboys last Saturday night during the final day of the 2016 NFL draft held in rainy and chilly Chicago.
In years past, familiar college hoops stars that would turn out to be all All-Pros in America’s unquestioned number one sport included players such as Tony Gonzalez, Antonio Gates, Jimmy Graham and Julius Thomas.
Gathers has not played football since he was 14, but I can safely say that longtime Cowboys owner Jerry Jones must have saw something in this guy that people like myself and other college basketball bloggers did not. He has a body built like a tight end, so it will be interesting to see when training camp opens up in Oxnard, California come late July to see where Gathers fits on the depth chart for the once proclaimed “America’s Team.”
Another guy who had a fabulous college hoops career has also made quite an impact on football Sundays–former North Carolina Tar Heels standout Julius Peppers was an All-ACC player under Roy Williams before taking his act to become one of the NFL’s most feared defenders. First, Peppers started out as a true standout for the Chicago Bears before heading north to their longtime rivals in becoming a bigger star playing for the Green Bay Packers.
I guess some future Thanksgiving conversations may get more interesting for years to come.