Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers apparently moonlights as a scout.
So the story goes, Rodgers bumped into Kansas coach Bill Self at an airport. That led to him being invited to Lawrence in January to speak to the Jayhawks. That led to him meeting Black, who told him the Packers were his favorite team.
That led to Rodgers wanting to throw some passes to Black, a player described in the Kansas basketball media guide as a “bruising forward.” In 33 games last season for the Jayhawks, Black—who transferred from Memphis for his final year of eligibility—averaged 13.5 minutes a game, scoring 5.5 points … and averaging 2.8 fouls.
The upshot of the tale is that Black, prodded by his roommate, finally used the cell phone number Rodgers left him.
Black has since been in contact with an actual scout from the Packers and his agent, Chad Wiestling, told Yahoo that three NFL teams have shown interest.
Not in high school, not in junior high. A little bit on the playgrounds perhaps, but never in pads.
Moral of the story appears to be that when quarterbacks say they like big targets, they really aren’t kidding around.