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NFL Combine Diary, Day 2...

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The second installment from occasional BTSC contributor and SBN mainstay Peter Bean, who's been filing notes from this year's NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. For Day 1 thoughts, check here. Like last time, a snippet of the entry. Read on if you're so inclined. ********* Feb 27, 2010 - I could tell you about my second day at the NFL Combine in chronological order, but as journalists would scold: I'd be burying the lead... Lede. Whatever. Here's what happened: MAKING FRIENDS AND INFLUENCING PEOPLE It's about 3:00 p.m. and I'm walking to go fetch some caffeine when I have to halt abruptly to avoid running over someone who cuts in front of me from my right. Before I can apologize for the near-collision, I realize it's Tim Tebow, and in the two seconds it takes me to process the surprise, he's moved on and is headed towards Stage C. I realize my good fortune, trail him to the stage, turn on my voice recorder, place it on the podium, and settle in for the biggest event of the day. The voice in the sky announces, "Now appearing on Stage C, some guy from the University of Florida." It's sort of been the running joke of the Combine: we all know how ridiculous Tebow-mania is, and yet there's not one of us who's even bothered pretending that we're not dropping whatever we're doing to sprint his way when the time comes. The time is here, and if I can say with a straight face that if I'd arrived in the second wave I would not have elbowed my way up to the front, by good fortune I'm standing front and center in front of the most talked about NFL prospect of the year--if not decade. Maybe ever. Who knows? What I do know is that I don't cover live events as a reporter very often and this is likely the only time I'll be standing three feet away from this player who--whatever else you think about him on or off the field--is probably the single most visible player in college football history. As the throngs of media members hustle towards the stage, I realize that while I've not yet used my camera to record any video, if ever there was a time, this is surely it. I pull out my camera, turn on the power, and fiddle with the settings before raising it towards the podium where Tebow is to speak. And this is the first thing that I see: (Click post title for more)....

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