It’s more than a football game.

It’s your first job interview.

It’s your big chance to play for one of the 32 NFL teams, the CFL and Arena League Football and get a paycheck in the process. It’s an assement to see if you can help one team.

We’re talking big bucks. Enough to pay your tuition for the next decade. Enough to live comfortably and perhaps even get a second degree if you want to.

All 32 teams, as will those CFL coaches and the AFL will be watching you, as will some 40,000 people at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, not to mention people that will be watching the game on television nationwide. So will your family and friends, not to mention your high school and college coaches. That’s a lot of eyes, watching your every move, picking them apart like a Thanksgiving turkey.

Don’t blow it.

You’ll be poked and proded and asked question after question. You’ve been weighed more than a prize fish, your height and weight has been noted and recorded. You’ll be asked about old injuries, your personal life, your major in college and perhaps even what your favorite flavor of ice cream is. You’ll probably get the same question over and over again. Play nice. Answer politely, mind your manners and if you don’t know the answer to a question, say “I don’t know.” Be honest. Remember, this is a job interview, not a rush party. It’s a different world. It’s no more playing on Saturday afternoons, your work day is either on a Thursday, Sunday or Monday.

Your practices will take place in either Fairhope, on the other side of Mobile Bay or at one of the high schools in Mobile. Fans that remember you from your college or even high school days will see you again, perhaps for the last time until game day or Draft Day, which will take place in April.

It’s your big moment.

Don’t blow it.

The 2016 Reese’s Senior Bowl will be carried live on NFL Network Saturday, January 30 at 2:30 p.m. Eastern. It’s probably your last chance to get your name out there until the Combine in Indianapolis in February and then the draft in Chicago in April.

Remember, answer all the questions truthfully. If you don’t know the answer, say “I don’t know.” You’ll get a lot more resepct from that than if you make an answer up. You can also catch more flies with honey than vinegar too. Play nice. Mind your manners and remember those people that helped you along the way.

Saturday’s a big day. Hope you get a lot of rest. You’re playing against people from schools you’ve heard of and schools that hardly get a mention on SportsCenter. You’ll probably play against and with people from your conference. There’ll be a lot of eyes watching you, not just in the stands at Ladd-Peebles Stadium but on TV as well. A good Senior Bowl means that your stock in the draft could go through the roof. A bad Senior Bowl may hurt you but you never know.

32 teams from the NFL, plus those teams from our neighbors up north in Canada as well as the Arena League will be looking at you. Saturday’s your big chance.

Don’t blow it.

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