By EVAN VLADEM
08/27/2012 3:29 PM
Every football player waits for that call on Draft Day in April. That’s when dreams come true. But in August, that call may be the one that shatters the dream.
On Saturday, Tiger Jones, who was vying for an opportunity on the Philadelphia Eagles, was cut.
He had been with the team for just over a month after he turned in a stellar season with the Philadelphia Soul of the AFL. He tallied 133 receptions and 1,584 yards for the Soul in 2012. In three preseason games with the Eagles, Jones posted two catches for seven yards. But at 30 years old, at least Jones got his shot, and now, his name seems to be on the map.
Twenty-seven others that played in the AFL during the 2012 season found themselves on NFL preseason rosters. After the NFL roster cut to the 75-men today, 17 players remain.
It certainly says something about the talent in the Arena Football League. For NFL General Managers, finding the elusive “diamond in the rough” is the key; and the AFL talent pool is unquestionably being tapped into.
“It’s not just a playground,” defensive end and outside linebacker Jerry Brown said. Brown is competing for a spot on the Indianapolis Colts after spending the 2012 season with the San Antonio Talons. “We really put in work. We put in what it takes and we’re athletes on the field.”
And NFL scouts and general managers are recognizing it. The San Diego Chargers sent a scout to AVITAE ArenaBowl XXV. After recording seven touchdowns, an ArenaBowl record, Arizona Rattlers wide receiver Maurice Purify was invited to a tryout.
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