The Bucs call a draft-day (in)audible, via speaker phone
Sean Farrell was a finalist for the Lombardi Award and for the Outland Trophy—given annually to college football’s best linemen—during his stellar four-year career at Penn State.
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There was no noise, only stunned silence at first in the Bucs’ war room when Rozelle called out Farrell’s name on ESPN—in only its third year of televising the draft—and then a whole lot of angry shouting. Says Herock of the reaction, “There was a lot of cussing.”
The Booker Reese File
Born: Sept. 20, 1959 in Jacksonville, Fla.
Position: Defensive End
Drafted: 2nd round, pick 32, 1982
- Named ‘Black College Player of the Year’ in 1981
- Lasted only four seasons in the NFL
- Made 24 career appearances with Buccaneers
- Traded to Rams in 1984 for a 12th-round draft pick
- Signed with 49ers in 1985. Released before season after failing drug test
- Recorded two career sacks and two interceptions
- Convicted of cocaine possession in 1999
“I don’t know if it’s ever ever happened before or since where a team has turned in a pick and then tried to take it back,” Odioso says. “Is there a precedent for that? Mr. Culverhouse in essence was trying to lock the barn door after the horse was stolen.”
The first-round draft mistake that foretold the future
The Sean Farrell File
Born: May 25, 1960 in Southampton, N.Y.
Lives: Tampa, Fla.
College: Penn State
Position: Offensive guard
Drafted: 1st round, pick 17, 1982
- Selected to All-America teams with Nittany Lions in 1980, ‘81
- Played for Bucs from 1982-86, starting 59 games
- Voted first-team NFL All-Pro by Sporting News in 1984
- Traded to Patriots in ‘86 for three draft picks
- Played for four NFL teams in 11-year career
- Adidas Vasilevskiy Andrei Premier Branded - Lightning Fanatics Authentic Jerseys Shop Jersey Started 106 of his 123 career games
- Currently is a director for Merrill Lynch
“When something goes that awry, it makes you wonder what’s going on,” Farrell says. “The organization was just so upside down.” In December 1986, Farrell unloaded on his own club, saying, “I know what I want for Christmas. I want to get the hell out of Tampa Bay.”