The NFL Combine did not go very well for Alabama’s Reuben Foster. In fact, it didn’t go at all, after Foster was sent home after getting involved in a heated incident with a hospital worker.
That meant Foster had to go into PR damage control and issued an apology to each NFL team with the promise of explaining himself to teams before Alabama’s pro day in Tuscaloosa.
Leaving the combine without so much as a souvenir meant Foster would miss out on the physical workouts and interview opportunities that come with the whole combine experience. Foster’s agent got to work with the recovery by having Foster draft a letter of apology that made clear Foster understands being at the combine is a privilege.
The letter also invited NFL teams to meet with him the day before Alabama’s pro day this week. That will give Foster a chance to redeem himself as best he can and hope those interviewing him will see he is compassionate about the situation that led to his removal from the combine.
Keeping in mind there were players who did not receive an invite to the combine at all due to off-field issues, is the fact Foster was tossed out on the same level? Worst? That may be something Foster will have to answer directly with his potential future employers. You have to imagine NFL teams will be curious how a top 10 talent could possibly get caught up in a situation where he can easily blow the biggest job interviews of his life.
Foster better have an answer for that one this week. Otherwise, he may fall to the 11th pick of the draft, because NFL teams will still always side with talent over distractions, right?