Friday, April 26, 2013

Eric Fisher, MAC Player, Goes First in Draft

Just a quick note.  It is certainly something I never thought would happen...Eric Fisher of CMU, a MAC team, went #1 in the NFL Draft last night.  An All-MAC performer, he was obviously the highest pick ever for the conference.  (Previous high was Leftwich at #7).

Fisher benefited from staying for his last year if only because he got to be in the Senior Bowl, where apparently he just killed it.  He's a great story, came to CMU undersized and with only one other offer (and it was from EMU)...#48 on the Detroit Free Press list of top 50 recruits...which means that there were 47 players better than him in Michigan.  I heard him interviewed and he was genuine and well-spoken.  I believe he made us proud.

Anyway, if you want to go back a year (ish), you have OU in the Sweet Sixteen, Kent in the College World Series, NIU in the Orange Bowl and now Eric Fisher.  Drop back to 2010 and add in Akron's NCAA title in soccer.

Pretty decent run, you'd have to say.

He is not the first MAC player to be picked first in any draft, in case you are looking for something to say at a party last night.  From the league office:
Fisher becomes the third MAC athlete to be selected overall as the No. 1 selection in a professional draft. Previously, Akron forward Steve Zakuani was the first selection in the 2009 Major League Soccer's SuperDraft by the Seattle Sounders FC on January 15, 2009. Also, Ball State all-American pitcher Bryan Bullington was the No. 1 overall pick by the Pittsburgh Pirates in Major League Baseball's First-Year Player Draft on June 4, 2002.
Anyway, congrats to Eric Fisher.  We're fans.

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