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NFL draft can take wacky turns

The NFL draft has provided a backdrop for many strange moments, Matt Mosley writes.

Originally Published: April 18, 2007
By Matt Mosley, John Clayton, Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

In the first NFL draft in 1936, the Philadelphia Eagles made University of Chicago halfback Jay Berwanger the first overall choice. Two picks later, Pittsburgh drafted William Shakespeare, if for nothing else, because his name sounded vaguely familiar.

After being traded to the Bears, Berwanger, the 1935 Heisman Trophy winner, had the audacity to ask George Halas for a two-year, $25,000 contract. When Halas said no, Berwanger took a job in the foam-rubber business and moonlighted as ...

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