Brock Lesnar may be on the verge of being cut from the Minnesota Vikings squad, if rumors are to be believed. Lesnar walked away from a guaranteed WWE contract to pursue, at age 27, his dream of playing NFL football. He has been impressive in scrimmages, but was recently moved from defensive tackle to nosetackle. This move likely signaled that his much talked about lack of football experience was hurting him in the technique department, competing against guys who have been playing for all of their lives.
Lesnar had become one of the Vikes fan favourites, recently getting a standing ovation for getting only one tackle. His No. 69 jersey is now being auctioned off for big bucks and he regularly has lineups for autographs.
Having said that, the NFL is not strictly a popularity contest. Lesnar is not likely to be kept around if he cannot do what is necessary with respect to the many other defensive linemen in camp.
Lesnar's work ethic has never been in question. As was stated on these pages several weeks ago, the training he would have endured as a national collegiate champion amateur wrestler would have been far more grueling than any football training camp.
Physically, everyone knew he had gifts which were tough to match and was, in every sense a physical freak of nature. The problem was always going to be the steep learning curve and technique.
While Lesnar has impressed everyone with his attitude and work ethic, a few weeks in camp may not be enough time to get himself to the level he needs to be able to continue as a part of the team. I would still be somewhat surprised if they did not keep him around on the practice roster given the fact that he has huge athletic potential and has come a long way in a short time (despite still not being 100% from an April motorcycle accident). But the fact he is 27 and they might not get a return on investment for a couple of years could be problematic.
Regardless of what happens to Lesnar this week, he has shown the moxy of pursuing what many said was an impossible dream and has attacked his goal with the same determination that he has the other challenges in his life.
Whatever the result of the roster trimming this week, I say, Bravo Brock!
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