ABC's Good Morning America featured openly gay kicker Alan Gendreau this morning. Gendreau looked great and said all the right things. When asked about the pressure of trying to make it into the NFL, and possibly being the first openly gay player there. He played it cool, like a kicker:
There's always pressure being the first in anything. At the end of the day, it's about football. And it's about winning games.
The report started with raised expectations of Gendreau potentially being drafted. Only one problem: Gendreau isn't in the draft. While several people have told me they're excited to see where he ends up this weekend, as I said in my feature story earlier this week, he's not going to be drafted and the process to get into the NFL isn't an over-night trip. This is going to take weeks and months.
At one point, GMA said he could be drafted tonight -- in rounds 2 or 3. There is a better chance of Brady Quinn leading the NFL in passing yards this season. In the whole draft, there will be only a couple kickers taken and both of them after round 4.
Still, Gendreau looked great on camera and doing what he does best: Kicking the football. He told me some of those attempts were at 55 yards, and he cleared the bar with room to spare. I'm not surprised.