Getting drafted by an NFL team is a dream come true for many college football players. The draftees are often seen on TV shown with overjoyed enthusiasm when they receive the phone call verifying that the dream has become a reality.
Unfortunately for Mohamed Sanu, someone decided to toy with his dream during the first round of the NFL Draft on Thursday night.
The Rutgers wide receiver was called by a man claiming to represent the Cincinnati Bengals, who at the time, were on the clock for the No. 27 pick in the draft. The man told Sanu that he was going to be drafted by the Bengals, until it was discovered that Cincinnati decided to go with Wisconsin guard Kevin Zeitler.
The prospect was overjoyed when he heard the news, until reality sank in, according to Peter King.
“The Rutgers wide receiver was on the edge of his seat late in the first round, with the Bengals on the clock at No. 27, when his phone rang. The voice on the other end of the phone identified himself as being from the Bengals, and said Cincinnati was about to pick him. Sanu and those in his draft party exploded in excitement, and agent Mike McCartney even tweeted that Sanu was a Bengal. Then Cincinnati pick Zeitler.”
McCartney did in fact tweet about his client being chosen by the Bengals, but quickly sent another when he found out about the sham.
Despite the fact that someone thought it would be funny to mess with a man on what is perhaps the most important day of his life, Sanu is still maintaining a positive attitude. The 22-year-old even sent out a message on Twitter early Friday morning.
Thank God for giving me another day and another opportunity to chase my dream … #thankfulandblessed
— Mohamed Sanu (@M0SAnu) April 27, 2012
Sanu is expected to be taken in the second round of the NFL Draft, which takes place Friday night