Monday brought some great news of Vince Mayle signing his contract with the Cleveland Browns but it was met with bad news for those of you hoping to see Connor Halliday play football again. In this case, that bad news happened to be the lack of news.
The less we hear from Connor the less likely it seems we see him in an NFL uniform in the future. And that sucks. Ever since he went down in pain Nov. 1, we have been waiting to see the next chapter unfold on the story of one of the most prolific passing quarterbacks to see the collegiate field.
Spencer Hall of Every Day Should Be Saturday came out with a very good point to put all of this into a different perspective. Halliday calling it quits is the best way this could have ended.
What? How is not seeing Halliday play in the league a good thing ... ? Think about everything he has gone through in his career at Washington State. Four years as a Cougar and he had more injuries, tough losses, and more changes than you could imagine happening in just four years. Imagine what another 6-10 years with a struggling NFL team would do to him.
We all wanted that perfect ending for Halliday, especially after what he endured at WSU. But as Spencer wrote, maybe he got it.
Halliday had one shot to be on a winning team, sure. His 2013 team made a bowl game at 6-6, and led the entire Gildan New Mexico Bowl against Colorado State all the way to the final two minutes. Halliday had been brilliant, throwing six TDs to six different Cougar receivers. They needed to run the clock out and not turn the ball over twice in two minutes to Colorado State for quick scores. The Cougs turned the ball over twice in two minutes, and lost. Walking away from a bad NFL team seems like the closest thing to a happy ending football will ever let Connor Halliday have.
Connor Halliday, on both a statistical and metaphysical level, endured one of the hardest and most viscerally unfair careers in recent college football history. He suffered grotesque injury in brutal conditions, played through inordinate amounts of pain, and took the field against teams like Oregon in zero-hope situations so many times it makes the career of Nick Foles at Arizona look like a happy story in comparison.
The Browns have struck two more deals with drafted rookies. Washington State wide receiver Vince Mayle (Round Four) and USC linebacker Hayes Pullard (Round Seven) are the latest rookies to sign with Cleveland, with the team announcing the moves Monday.
On the eve of Washington’s rookie minicamp, Halliday reportedly decided to hang up his cleats. Hours before beginning his first organized NFL team activities on Friday, Halliday left a voicemail for head coach Jay Gruden and told Gruden he was heading home
This has two of the greatest things I have possibly seen/heard. Make sure you have your sound on in this video as you will hear a very excited broadcaster. I don't think I have ever heard someone be so excited about a player hit by a pitch. And, the act itself is something impressive too.
Washington State senior Jesse Jorgensen won the men’s 800 meters on Sunday, the final day of the Pac-12 track and field championships held at UCLA’s Drake Stadium in Los Angeles. Jorgensen turned in a lifetime-best time of 1 minute, 46.49 seconds, which ranks as the fourth-fastest time in WSU history.