A Houston sports writer ate the front page of his newspaper, quite literally eating his words, after promising that he’d eat the paper if a draft pick prediction he had made did not come to pass.
Sportswriter John McClain of the Houston Chronicle was so sure that the Houston Texans would draft a quarterback with its No. 1 overall draft pick that he promised to eat the front page of the Chronicle’s draft day edition if he was wrong.
It turned out, much to McClain’s dismay, instead of a quarterback the team chose defensive end Jadeveon Clowney for its No. 1 overall pick.
In a video made for the Chronicle McClain noted that when he was a kid, his mother used to tell him that one day his big mouth was going to get him in trouble.
“Well, my big mouth finally got me in trouble. I’m just glad my mother is not around to see it,” the sportswriter joked.
McClain made his video in Reliant Stadium as he sat down to eat his dinner.
“I feel like I’m on a cooking show,” McClain said as he ate his first piece of the paper with a mouthful of tuna.
“The Texans considered trading the top pick,” McClain later reported, “but didn’t get an offer good enough to convince them to surrender a prospect as talented as Clowney, viewed by scouts as a once-in-a-generation pass rusher.”
“He was like, ‘Dude, I’m going to take a chance on you,'” Clowney said of his interview with coach Bill O’Brien. “I’m going to be in your hip pocket. You and me are going to be like this.”
“I told him, ‘I’m ready, man. I won’t let you down.’ And I won’t,” the player said.
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