UPDATE 10:59 PM CT: ESPN’s combine blog has a nice post on Darrius, projecting him to run a 4.4 40 and bragging about the way he performed at the podium.
As some of you guys know, my biggest passions besides sports and sportswriting are film and screenwriting. I never studied journalism; I studied theater in college and went to film school. That’s why I found it very interesting that receiver Darrius Heyward-Bay — a fringe first-rounder who I like an awful lot, and also a Double D guy — wants to be a filmmaker. From NFL.com:
While he at one time was interested in broadcasting, he quipped “I’m going to let that go, I’m more into film and becoming a director. So I won’t be doing what you guys are doing.”
He said he did independent study in both high school and college with film and that he has had an interest in it from a young age.
“I’ve been really inspired by black-and-white and also theater,” Heyward-Bey said.
I love these NFL combine interviews and press conferences. I think the process can be very telling.
For instance, I think it says a lot about Heyward-Bay that he’s such a passionate guy, and also that he has aspirations beyond the football field. Additionally, you can see that he’s somewhat intelligent and handles the press well. It isn’t exactly the 40-yard dash or the Wonderlic, but I think the way players carry themselves shouldn’t be ignored either. That was a big part of why I liked Matt Ryan so much last year.
Heyward-Bay is 6-foot-2 and has sprinter’s speed. I think he’s definitely a possibility if we don’t sign a free agent receiver or draft Michael Crabtree if he’s sitting there at No. 34.
Besides, if we draft Heyward-Bey, maybe he’ll hook us up with some more Hard Knocks-type footage. That would be very cool. What else is cool is discovering that these kids are not only not dumb jocks (for the most part), but pretty fascinating people underneath their facemasks.
And of course, I wouldn’t leave you hanging without a couple of clips of Heyward-Bay after the jump…