clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Notes: The grueling life of an NFL scout

New, comments

ESPN’s Michael Rothstein has an excellent feature on a Lions scout.

If you buy something from an SB Nation link, Vox Media may earn a commission. See our ethics statement.

Washington Pro Day Photo by Alika Jenner/Getty Images

As we all put on our scouting hats this week for the NFL Combine, for people whose job this really is, this is just another week in a year-long process.

The life of an NFL scout is never ending and exhausting. ESPN Michael Rothstein caught up with Detroit Lions director of college scouting Dave Sears to give a glimpse into what that kind of life entails.

“There’s really no glamour in it at all,” Sears told Rothstein. “Some people think you get to watch football for a living. Well, I get to type reports for a living and get to travel for a living. There’s a lot of other aspects other than just watching football, but it’s great because it’s football-related.”

It’s a really interesting read, from Sears’ time spent in hotels—in which he estimates equals one-fifth of his entire life, missing out on time with his 10-year old daughter—to how being a scout changes his perception of everyday life. It also serves as a nice look into what exactly a regional scout does.

  • Michigan receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones told the media at the NFL Combine that playing for the Lions, his hometown team, “would mean everything to me.

  • Despite taking what appeared to be a shot at the Lions on Twitter and not mentioning the coaching staff in his farewell, Damon Harrison Sr. cleared the air a little more Tuesday evening:

  • T.J. Hockenson is already starting to help some of his boys back in Iowa:

  • Here are a couple of NFL notes regarding the quarterback carousel that is sure to happen this year: