The Senior Bowl.

Correction… the Reese’s Senior Bowl.

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. This is your chance to make an impression on scouts and coaches that will be watching you.

We’re talking big bucks. Enough to pay your tuition for the next decade, to live comfortably and perhaps even get a second degree if you want to (provided you plan financially and not blow every dime you make).

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 and your opponents that you lined up against for the last four years. That’s a lot of eyes, watching your every move, picking them apart like a Thanksgiving turkey. That’s the least of your problems. There’s also that Wunderlich Test you have to deal with.

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. The sponsor may even go so far as to ask you what your favorite color of Reeses’ Pieces 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.” No one will blame you for saying “I don’t know.” It’s a lot better than hemming and hawing at a question that you don’t have the answer to or making something up. Lying gets you into trouble. Ask Pinnochio.

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 took place in Mobile in the same stadium you’ll be playing in Sautrday afternoon. 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 2017 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 Philadelphia 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. Get an agent you can trust, someone that you can be comfortable with. Not everyone one you know or knew will have your best interests and will want to look out for themselves. Cut them loose. It’s better to get rid of them now than they become a burden later.

Saturday’s your day. It’s your chance to impress. 32 teams, the CFL and Arena League are watching and if one team doesn’t like you, there are others that will see the film and say, “maybe this guy can help us get to the next level.”

Don’t blow it.