John Capel another “track guy” that didn’t make it in the NFL
Posted by Mark Branstad – Football Talent Advisors
Interesting interview piece here with John Capel, former Florida Gator receiver and 2003 World Champion 200 meter sprinter. Capel talks openly about how tough it was/is to play big time collegiate football and be an elite track sprinter. He also talks about the tough decisions ahead for current Florida Gator Jeff Demps.
What I found most fascinating was Capel’s opinion that Florida’s players today are stronger, bigger, AND faster than when he was there. He was also talking about today’s high school players too. That is scary!
Speaking of professional track and football – there’s been so much talk about Usain Bolt and the NFL I guess it’d be fun to really research this topic. My next blog I’ll take a close look at this.
My opinion right now, which isn’t worth much, is Bolt would have little incentive to give the NFL a try. He’d be jeopardizing millions of dollars and risking injury threatening his future track career. I believe he’d struggle like other professional track athletes that have tried to crossover with zero football background. People often point to Justin Gatlin and how he failed to get signed after multiple tryouts with NFL teams. We should keep in mind that Gatlin at least played football in high school and supposedly flirted around with joining the football team while at the University of Tennessee. That’s the real key right there; Bolt has NO football background. I’m sure Bolt could be coached as a decoy and fly pattern receiver but he’d likely never be a complete player.
Before I end this it should be noted that John Capel’s personal problems (mentioned in the article interview) likely had as much to do with his failure to play in the NFL as his football performance or skill. I don’t personally believe in the “track guy” label. Being a good track athlete or sprinter in no way indicates or is linked to poor football performance or skill. Many football commentators and gurus use the “track guy” label to conveniently write-off players with elite track backgrounds, even when the athlete in question has an extensive football resume. Clearly the label is cliche and fairly baseless. Again I’ll dive head first into this topic soon…