In August, I covered a preseason game between the Bengals and Patriots at Gillette Stadium. When it was over, I made my way to the Cincy locker room and sought out quarterback Carson Palmer, who didn’t play that night because of an ankle injury.
I’d met him before but only in a group interview so I stuck out my hand and introduced myself as “Tom Curran from NBCSports.com.” He gave a polite hello. For the hell of it, I added, “And I do some work for ProFootballTalk, too.”
Palmer lit up. “You do? I love that site. Everybody in here reads it.”
Of course, given the Bengals ripping that Czar Florio’s done over the years, some of Palmer’s teammate no doubt read it with a different level of enjoyment.
But the point is, PFT ain’t just for you bloodthirsty shut-ins. It’s read by owners, GMs, coaches, scouts and franchise quarterbacks. Over the past three months, I had the chance to contribute to it and it’s been a blast.
And now I’m wrapping it up to join Comcast Sportsnet New England where I’ll cover the NFL in general and the Patriots in particular.
As someone who started reading PFT pretty much since it launched, it’s been a blast to not merely see how the sausage gets made but to be a part of making them.
So thanks to my friends at the sausage factory and head sausage maker Mike Florio. Godspeed. And I hope you and Channing Crowder work things out.