Big Walt; and a real Golden Domer

INDIANAPOLIS – A few leftover snapshots from the first two days of the NFL scouting combine at Lucas Oil Stadium:

Remembering Walter: The status of All-Pro left tackle Walter Jones remains in limbo. He has dropped hints on his twitter account that he’ll retire, but the Seahawks have yet to confirm whether Jones will be back for a 14th season.

His former coach, Mike Holmgren, addressed the situation Friday.

“I hope he can play some more,” said Holmgren, now president of the Cleveland Browns. “I believe if I was still there, I’d be coaxing him into something. Trying, anyway.”

At one of his last news conferences as coach of the Seahawks, Holmgren called Jones the best offensive player he ever coached. He has altered that assessment.

“I did (say that), and then I got so much flack from the quarterbacks,” he said of a group that includes Hall of Famers Joe Montana and Steve Young and future Hall of Famer Brett Favre. “They all started phoning me – ‘What are you doing?’

“Walter is one of the best offensive players I’ve ever coached, yes, absolutely. And he’s the greatest lineman I’ve ever coached.”

Snooze control: The process of taking a physical, and getting medical tests, is arduous and can be draining for the players at the combine.

Just ask USC tackle Charles Brown.

“It’s not just a physical,” he said. “There are X-rays and a lot of tests – drug tests, heart tests, blood tests. Then you have to wait your turn to get all those tests, and the line is long.”

How long did it take? “I’m not sure,” he said. “I feel asleep for a while.”

He’s Golden: Is there a player in this draft class with a better name to match his college than Golden Tate?

The wide receiver played at Notre Dame, wearing a golden helmet. So, where did the name come from?

“I don’t know where it came from. I don’t know what they were thinking,” Tate joked, before adding, “I’m actually a third, so there’s two other Goldens running around somewhere.

“It worked out. I guess you could say it fits me. A lot of people say ‘Golden Domer,’ and Notre Dame was my destiny. I guess I just lucked out.”

Let’s talk: Teams are allowed to interview 60 players here, and must turn in their list of names prior to the combine.


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