Saturday, May 04, 2013

30 for 30: Elway to Marino

I got a chance to watch this program yesterday.  And it was fascinating.  Like pretty much all of the episodes, this one was extremely well done and interesting.

The story focuses on the first round of the 1983 draft, and mainly revolves around Marvin Demoff - he was the agent for both Elway and Marino.  As it happens, he kept a journal of his conversations with the players, as well as the people he talked with at various teams.

There are some great segments with many of those people, interspersed with archival footage from the time period.  Demoff does the whole thing while sitting in a re-created draft room, which adds a nice element to the story.

One thing you come to realize is just how lucky the Dolphins were, and how it could have gone very differently along the way.  And perhaps more incredibly, how pretty much every team in the league would have given *anything* to get John Elway - and several almost did!

And when you look at the other 26 players in that first round, you also realize how few of them actually were "great" - some were very good, and some were just okay, and a few never did much in the NFL.  And it reminds you again that the NFL draft is nothing more than the allocation of players from college to the NFL.  There are no guarantees.

Its worth watching - so set your Tivos for the next showing!
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Yes David, it was excellent. Very well produced. And yes, we were very fortunate to land Marino.