Curtis Conway (who has been married to Laila Ali since 2007, if you didn’t know) had this to say on the Path To The Draft today about the anxiety leading up to his being picked in the 1993 draft:
“Man, it was crazy. I thought I was going late in the first round. A lot of people were saying like 23…then I heard as high as 15. I ended up going 7th.
“Now you talk about being just uncomfortable. You want to go to a team that you want to play for, especially as a wide receiver, a team that throws the ball, and all of the sudden, you’re sitting here and you’re hearing all these teams and you say, ‘Okay, I got a chance to play for this team, good.’
“And all of the sudden you get that call and it may not be the team you want to go to because they don’t want to run the offense that you want to run, especially in my situation.
“But I tell you what. That whole process is really nerve-wracking. You can’t wait to get it over. You just want to get selected and go to your team and start playing football again.”
Conway, who came to USC in ’90 as a QB but converted to WR and was also an excellent kick and punt returner, was selected by the Chicago Bears where he played for seven seasons and had over 1,000 yds receiving in both ’95 and ’96.
In 2000, Conway was traded to the San Diego Chargers where he had another 1,000 yd receiving season in 2001 before ending his 12-year career with one-year stints in New York with the Jets and in San Francisco.
He finished with 594 career catches for 8,230 yds and 52 scores. Conway’s best season was in ’96, his 4th year in the league, when he caught 81 balls for 1,049 yds and 7 TDs.