Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.
Between chasing down NFL contacts for interviews and college prospects for information, Joe was able to snap smartphone photos of the goings-on at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis last week, hosted by the Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium.
Howard Griffith, left, and Russ Lande prepare for a stand-up for the Big Ten Network.
The BSPN set from a distance. Nice chairs.
The Indiana state capitol, which Joe walked past going to and from his hotel and Lucas Oil Stadium.
“The Professor,” John Clayton, right, and former longtime Penn State defensive coordinator Tom “Scrap” Bradley, left, do a radio hit on a Pittsburgh station. A few hours after Joe took this photo, it was announced Bradley was hired as defensive coordinator for West Virginia. Radio row at the combine grows each year. Joe counted five radio shows from Midwestern NFL cities there, not counting SiriusXM NFL Radio and team-only radio stations. Last year there were only two terrestrial stations.
This was as close as Joe could get to Jadeveon Clowney and even with loudspeakers, Joe couldn’t hear a word he said. He just whispers. Joe twice heard sports reporters holler at Clowney to speak up.
Texas A&M wide receiver Mike Evans during his media session.
Indianapolis is getting ready for the Big Ten basketball tournament. This boulevard connects the Indiana Convention Center (formerly the Hoosier Dome) to the field house where the Pacers play and where the Big Ten tournament will be held. The name of the street? Georgia Street. The fieldhouse is in the background.
The creator, curator and overall guru of Pro Football Talk. the great Mike Florio, talks to a Jaguars film crew during the combine.
Rich Gannon, left, and Bruce Murray, co-hosts of “The Blitz,” heard exclusively on SiriusXM NFL Radio, listen intently to an interviewee.
Eastern Illinois University quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo meets the press.
Johnny Football responds to a question during his media session.
From left, Don Banks, Peter King and Maggie Gray cut a video for SI.com.
SiriusXM NFL Radio’s Pat Kirwan, left, makes a point to Khalil Mack during a segment of “Moving’ the Chains” as his co-host, Jim Miller listens.
Bucs coach Lovie Smith shares a laugh with Alex Marvez of Fox Sports just before taping an interview.
Grumpy Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron jousts with reporters during his media session.
The Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument in Indianapolis at night, two blocks from Joe’s hotel. The monument, located in the middle of aptly named “Monument Circle,” is the true center location of the city in the heart of downtown. It honors all Indiana war veterans killed in action prior to World War 1.
Joe was so exhausted Friday while at the Peter King Tweetup, he needed beer for nourishment and a two-shot espresso coffee to try to stay awake.
Man, the football knowledge that was taking place in this conversation. Former NFL general manager Bill Polian, left, and NFL Films analyst Greg Cosell chat.
Adam Schefter does a hit for SiriusXM NFL Radio.
Solomon Wilcots makes a point to Jim Miller on SiriusXM NFL Radio.
The front of the Indiana state capitol in downtown Indianapolis three blocks from Joe’s hotel.
Looking toward Monument Circle from Joe’s hotel in Indianapolis.
Yes, here’s proof. It really does get warm in central Indiana in February (but not for long). The Indiana Convention Center (nee, Hoosier Dome) is just steps from Lucas Oil Stadium and plays a major role in the combine. Often while walking through it to avoid the cold, you can see several players running 40-yard dashes on the carpeted hallways to warm up.
Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt has a sitdown with the creator, curator and overall guru of Pro Football Talk, the great Mike Florio for a piece on NBC Sports Network.