The Seattle Seahawks invited 24 members of the local media to take part in a series of NFL Combine events at team headquarters. With the actual Combine for legitimate NFL prospects getting ready to wrap up in Indianapolis, media members of varying fitness levels got to run through the same types of drills and test their abilities.
From KJR, afternoon show host Dave "Softy" Mahler, morning show co-host Dick Fain, producers Kevin Shockey, Matt Mikolas, Steven Dion and myself all took part in the drills at the VMAC on Monday.
The results? Well... safe to say Bobby Wagner, Richard Sherman and other members of the Seahawks don't have to worry about their roster spots any time soon.
Wagner and Sherman were actually at the facility and got to watch us make idiots of ourselves. Bruce Irvin, Justin Britt, Mark Glowinski, Kam Chancellor and Steven Terrell were also among players that popped in to watch the people usually asking them questions taking over their practice field.
As for my performance? It wasn't terrible considering I haven't been in the gym in many, many months. I wasn't close to being the best, but I wasn't the worst either.
I ran a 6.62 in the 40-yard dash, which was definitely near the bottom among the participants. Wagner has over two full seconds on me in the 40-yard dash. That's the difference between an admittedly out-of-shape sports writer and one of the fastest linebackers in the NFL.
Also terrible were my two jump attempts in the broad jump and vertical jump. My broad jump was 5-feet-0. My vertical jump was 17 inches. Both in the bottom third of the media performers.
However, the agility drills weren't as bad. I ran a 5.51 in the shuttle and a 9.02 in the 3-cone drill. Both of those were middle of the pack.
And the best showing came in the gauntlet drill, which consists of trying to catch six passes in quick succession coming from alternate directions. I caught five of the six passes with one of them just slipping through my hands.
What does it mean? Just that I should keep doing my day job and try to find my lost pride somewhere along the way.
The highlight of the day came as Mikolas, a.k.a. "Slickhawk," took a tumble during the 40-yard dash. The video is terrific.
Assuming the Seahawks decide to do this again next year, I've now got 365 days to get myself in shape to put up a better showing.