There were many winners and losers of the 2014 NFL Combine. Guys like Greg Robinson (OT, Auburn), Aaron Donald (DT, Pitt), Dri Archer (RB/WR, Kent State) and Mike Evans (WR, Texas A&M) all had outstanding performances and made themselves some money. Guys like Ka’Deem Carey (RB, Arizona) and Cyrus Kouandjio (OT, Alabama) didn’t perform as well as they’d hoped, and have seen their stock slightly dip. But no one’s stock fell from the Combine as much as Adam Muema (RB, San Diego State).
For those who don’t know, Muema abruptly left the Combine the day before testing because “God told me to”, and that if he skipped the drills, he’d fulfill his dream of playing for the Seattle Seahawks. As if that wasn’t strange enough, Muema disappeared for a few days afterwards before showing up at his Florida training facility in the exact same clothes he left the Combine in.
Where was he for the three days in between? The Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. When asked why, he stated that, you guessed it, God told him to stay there and not do anything. Apparently he’d had enough after three days, and called a friend to come pick him up.
Then this morning, before a flurry of eye-opening tweets, he claimed that Lord Rayel is the true messiah, who is one and the same (he says) with Jesus Christ.
Well. That’s unique. Not really sure what to say, other than I hope he’s OK in life. But on a less important note, what does this do to his draft stock?
It obviously destroys it. Whatever stock Muema had built up the last two seasons at SDSU (an impressive 2,702 rushing yards with 31 TD’s before leaving school a year early), is long, long gone. I really can’t envision a scenario any team willingly drafts him.
Is it right or wrong to judge a prospect on his religious practices? Wrong, until those practices directly affect himself and the team. I mean, I understand there’s many guys in the NFL who are religious, or are religious on the surface (the classic point to the sky after a TD is the best), but this is taking it to another level.
It’s not healthy to just disappear for a couple of days and then act like it’s no big deal. And if you’re an exec of an NFL team, how can you rely on him? What if it’s the night before the Super Bowl and he just vanishes because God told him to?
Look, I’m not saying he’s crazy or that God didn’t talk to him. I don’t know and I won’t pretend to. But to get up and walk out on essentially the most important job interview of your life, then believe you’’ll be rewarded by playing for your favorite team? That’s crazy.
Here’s to hoping Muema can bounce back from this bizarre hiccup and take advantage of his God-given physical abilities in the NFL.