View Full Version : Wow. The NFL Draft used to a low-rent affair (A look back at the 1981 Draft)

04-22-2012, 01:30 PM
PFT has a nice write-up today about the 1981 NFL Draft (http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/04/22/a-look-back-before-the-nfl-draft-got-big/) complete with links to four ten-minute video segments chronicling 41 minutes of footage from a hotel room in New York.

But Florio can't (or won't) embed YouTube links over at PFT. As I understand most of you are at least as lazy as I, I have decided to steal some of Mikey Boy's thunder and go ahead and post said videos right here.

These are great. Pure comedy gold watching Pete Rozelle mumble through some trade explanations. ESPN was so small in 1981 you even get to watch a draft without The Hair Helmet that became Mel Kiper. Yet get what was probably a scoreboard borrowed from a local high school gym converted to show draft round & selection number.

Highly humorous. Enjoy.





04-23-2012, 12:14 AM
I could only stand for a few minutes of the video, but it was good for a laugh to see the crappy ESPN in it's infancy again. The draft is still boring and overrated, it's just a televised version of pick'em. Who wants to watch until only the crumbums are left to pick? To each his own I guess.

04-23-2012, 09:33 AM
That was a pretty good draft.

The Redskins had a particularly good day: Mark May, Russ Grimm, Dexter Manley, Charlie Brown and Darryl Grant in the 9th round. They even picked up Clint Didier, a serviceable Tight End for a number of years in the 12th round.

That was also the year the 49ers drafted three starters for their secondary.