• Brian L. Barefield

Bears Second-Round Draft Pick Described As "Poor, Hungry, and Desperate" By Former Scout

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I would love to say that I have become immune to the type of stories I hear during the NFL Combine about the things said to or about some young adult males trying to make it to the next level.

I am not.

Once, a potential NFL wide receiver was asked if his mom was a prostitute. Another young man was asked about his sexual orientation, and those are just some of the better questions I can share with you all.

If those things are said in the presence of these young men, imagine what is said behind their backs. An NFL scout once told me that his colleague said a college running back was just the type of “thug” they needed toting the rock (football).

Well, another story has surfaced after the conclusion of the 2022 NFL Draft. Former Chicago Bears national scout Chris Prescott had disparaging comments about the Bears’ second-round draft pick, safety Jaquan Brisker.

“He’s a – what would we call it? – Ph.D? Poor, hungry and desperate. Football is his life,” said Prescott to ESPN’s Courtney Cronin. “This is this kid’s life. There’s a lot to like about that when you see a guy who’s so passionate about football.”

Remarks like these are made behind the scenes when scouts get together. But are rarely heard in a public setting. While Prescott’s intentions may have been to talk about the young man’s desire to do whatever is necessary on the field to be successful, it comes off as insensitive in today’s social climate.

Brisker played safety for Penn State and was selected third-team All-Big Ten Conference in 2021.

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