Not that long ago, he was the top pick in the draft. Now, he’s fighting to get in on the ground floor.
No, not JaMarcus Russell.
For Canadian defensive lineman Linden Gaydosh, a weekend tryout with the Panthers resulted in a contract offer. That means his CFL plans are on hold, even though he was the first overall pick of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
“It’s great,” Gaydosh told Scott Cruickshank of the Calgary Herald. “Like, I’m so happy right now. I was at a loss for words when the CFL draft came — so I don’t know how to describe the feeling I have right now.
“The first thing I did was call my parents. They were so excited the day of the CFL draft, I can’t imagine what’s going through them right now.”
What’s going through their son is sweat, at the moment. Though it was a pleasant spring weekend in Charlotte, barely getting out of the 60s, Gaydosh was already experiencing culture shock.
“I was asking some of the guys here about it and they go, ‘Hey, this is just a nice day. Wait ’til summer hits,’” he said. “And I’m like, ‘Oh my god.’ ”
The 6-foot-3, 314-pound defensive tackle has no guarantees of a job with the Panthers, just a shot at training camp. But that’s enough to make him put his CFL plans on the back burner.
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