Year after year, the pageantry of the NFL draft continues to mushroom. So for Florida State defensive tackle Eddie Goldman, his welcome-to-the-league moment came with quite a ceremonial twist Friday night.
Bears legend Dick Butkus had been designated to announce the franchise's second-round pick from the brightly lit stage at Auditorium Theatre. So when Goldman's name came from Butkus' lips with a seal of approval — "I like this," Butkus asserted — the 6-foot-4, 336-pound nose tackle could hardly believe it.
"Yes, I was watching the coverage," Goldman said.
And yes, he knows well who Butkus is, not only a tenacious Hall of Fame linebacker but also one...