By: Barry Barnes, Founder/Senior Writer
The NFL Regional Combine provides an opportunity for the overlooked and unknown athletes, who inspires to play for a team under the Shield, to get notice. Many attempt the workouts and some do not pan out. But some execute the drills well enough to earn a call to be invited to the NFL Super Regional Combine for the chance of a lifetime as all 32 teams would be represented by their scouts to find the next big thing.
Unfortunately, the dream job for one individual may not become a reality, not because he performed poorly. It’s only because Curtis Harmon III has one-arm.
Harmon walked onto the Baltimore Ravens indoor practice field at the Under Armour Performance Center in Owings Mills, MD March 29th with all eyes on him that afternoon, as many faces looked like it had the appearance of biting a brick. After an outstanding workout, Harmon left those faces in complete disarray – but in amazement.
Harmon’s left arm is non-existent from his elbow down. Although he is lacking the ability to use a left hand, Harmon’s will and determination is more effective than many who has the usage of all their limbs. His speed is good and Harmon has the ability to explode up the field with the ball.
Oftentimes, players walked back to their starting point after completing a drill in hopes to catch their wind, mainly after running the 40. Harmon never walked back to his starting point as he ran back to the beginning, and constantly stayed loose in preparation of the next drill.
Harmon was completely focused and determined that this was his time.
Most impressively, on that rainy weekend, Phil Blackwell, NFL National Field Director – Regional Director for Baltimore, showed no mercy as he drilled passes to the NFL hopefuls with game day intensity, and when Harmon was up to receive the fiery balls, he did not drop a pass. Not one.
Around the cones, the full back from Saddleback Junior College in Mission Viejo, California switched the ball from arm to arm, pressing it high to his chest, while sprinting on his toes, especially in the Change of Direction Pitch and Off-Tackle Reaction Drills.
Clearly, it’s undetermined if Harmon will get a shot with a NFL club.
The Seattle Seahawks gave full back Derrick Coleman, who is legally deaf, an opportunity and he help them to win the Super Bowl last season.
We will probably never know if Harmon can help a squad hold up a Vince Lombardi Trophy. However, a Grey Cup may be possible.
Check out CNN report on Harmon.
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