The Two New “K’s” At Arizona Are Going To Shock The NFL! By Super Scout Max Emfinger

The Two New “K’s” At Arizona Are Going To-Shock The NFL!
By Super Scout Max Emfinger

Kyler Murray

The Observers Who Thought That Kyler Murray (#1) Was Too Short or Too Small, To Play in The NFL, Never Saw Him Play or Probably Would Not Know An Unbelievably Talented Player, With Incredibly Gifted Quarterback Skills, if They Saw One. Murray is Also One Of The Most Gifted and Talented Athletes In History To Play Two Sports In High School and College.

Kyler Murray is Also one of The Best Athletic Dual-Threat College Quarterbacks that I Have Ever Seen, In My 47 Years Of Scouting and Evaluating Football Players in High School, College, and The NFL. Murray Just Has The Unbelievable Athleticism, and there is a reason that he was one of The Most Sought-After Quarterback Recruits in The Country Coming-Out of High School, but he is more than just a Great Athletic Dual-Threat Quarterback, because He has an Incredibly Quick-Release and He Throws Really Impressive Darts past Defensive Backs.

At First, Everyone Thought That The Oklahoma Sooners Quarterback Kyler Murray (5-10, 207, 4.32) was Probably Not Going To Play in The NFL, because he had Already Signed a Multi-Million Dollar Contract Multi-Million Dollar Contract ($4.66M) To-Play Major League Baseball with The Baseball Oakland Athletics, who Drafted him #9 in The 2018 Major League Draft.

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“The Baseball Career for Kyler Murray had always had a “Very Defined Path” which included playing Football for The Oklahoma Sooners in 2018, but for only in That 2018 Football Season,” Said his Agent Scott Boras.

The Problem with This “Very Defined Path” for Kyler Murray was that he Was Destined To Become One of The Greatest Quarterbacks To Ever Play Quarterback in College and The Same Might Also be said in The NFL.

When Murray Signed With The Oakland Athletics about a week after The Major League Baseball Draft, he Signed with The Strict Understanding that he was Definitely going to play One More Football Season for The Oklahoma Sooners as The Replacement for The 2017 Heisman Trophy Oklahoma Quarterback Baker Mayfield.

The Kyler Murray Selections also Created a Couple of Firsts as he Became The First Athlete To Get Selected in The First Round in Both The NFL Football Draft and Also The MLB Baseball Draft. The Oklahoma Sooners Also Became The First College To Have Two Players From The Same Position Selected As The First Overall Selection in Back-To-Back NFL Drafts.

Cardinals Might Be Open to Draft Kyler Murray with 1st Overall Pick and Trading Last Year’s First Round Pick QB Josh Rosen

What was Really Interesting was that The Arizona Cardinals Held The NFL #1 Draft Choice and their New Head Football Coach, Kliff Kingsbury (In Photo), Had Already Been Quoted In October as Saying that he would Draft Kyler Murray (#1, In Photo) as His #1 Overall Selection in The 2019 Draft, if he had the Chance. They Had Already Drafted a Super Quarterback In Josh Rosen in The #10 Overall Selection Of The 2018 NFL Draft, but After Drafting Murray, they Traded Rosen To The Miami Dolphins.

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After Trading Josh Rosen, to The Miami Dolphins, The Cardinals Got Super Slot Wide Receiver Andy Isabella (#5) of U-Mass, As The #62 Selection in The NFL Draft. The #62 Selection Originally Belonged to The New Orleans Saints, but Miami Made a Trade Down from #48. Isabella (5-10, 190, 4.31, 36.5, 4.15, 121, 15) Led All NCAA Receivers in 2018 With 1,698-Yards Receiving and 13 Touchdowns, and His 13 Touchdowns Tied For Fifth.

The CardinalsAlso Got Another Wide Receiver in The #103 Selection in Iowa State Super-Star Hakeem Butler (6-5, 227, 4.48, 36, 4.28, 128). Butler is Another Great Deep Threat for The Two “K’s” in The “Air Raid Offense” For The Cardinals. Butler Led The Country in Receiving Yards With 1,318-Yards and an Unbelievable 22.0 Yards Per Catch.

Butler Is The Second Wide Receiver That The Cardinals Drafted In The First Four Rounds, as They Entered The 2019 NFL Draft and Targeting Super Talented Players To Play In “The Kingsbury Air Raid Offense” System. With Murray, Isabella, and Butler, They Began To Build an Incredible Offense.

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Coach Kingsbury has Made a Fabulous Reputation in Coaching Great Quarterbacks to Stardom as he has Already Coached Two Such Super-Stars in Johnny Manziel at Texas A&M and Patrick Mahomes at Texas Tech. He also Has Incredible Ties To Super Head Coach and Good Friend, Mike Leach of Washington State, Who is The Creator of The “Air Raid Offense” and Who Kingsbury Played-For at Texas Tech. 


Incredible Kliff Kingsbury College Football Player Stats

Following The 2002 Football Season, Kingsbury Received The Sammy Baugh Award Trophy as The Best College Passer. He Also Was Selected as an  Academic All-American and Player of the Year. Kingsbury Also Was Selected as a Unanimous All-Big 12 Conference and The Associated Press Offensive Player of The Year, and 9th in Heisman Trophy Voting. These Incredible Awards Were After Kingsbury Broke His Own Texas Tech Single-Season Passing Records by Completing 479 of 712 Passes, For 5,017-Yards, 45 Touchdowns, and a Tremendous 67.3 Passing Completion Rate. 

Kingsbury Was Only The Third College Football Player In Football History To Throw For Over 10,000-Yards, Gain over 10,000-Yards of Total Offense, and Complete Over 1,000 Passes in His Career. Kingsbury Also Became Only The Fourth Player In College Football History To Pass For Over 3,000-Yards In Three Football Seasons.

It is also Pretty Obvious that Coach Kingsbury Will Love to Coach Heisman Trophy Award Winning Quarterback Kyler Murray in his First Football Season with The Arizona Cardinals And Then Getting Super Slotback Receiver Andy Isabella in Round #2.

Kingsbury Has Known Kyler Murray Ever Since He Was 15 Years Old and He Tried To-Recruit Him To Play at Texas Tech, But He Was not Able To Get Him To Become a Red Raider, But On Thursday Night, The First “K” (Kliff) Was Able To Get The Second “K” (Kyler) To Be His quarterback, as The Arizona Cardinals Selected Murray As The Overall #1 Selection In The 2019 NFL Draft. These Two “K’s” Will Absolutely Shock The NFL in 2019.

“It’s something that We Have Talked About for a Long Time,” Murray said. “God Works In Mysterious Ways” For Me To Play for Coach Kingsbury and Now It Is a Surreal Feeling.”

Coach Kingsbury was Unbelievably Ecstatic in Getting The Most Perfect Quarterback For The Kingsbury “Air-Raid” Offense Despite Being Only 5-10 and 207 Pounds. Many NFL Scouts Have Compared Murray To The Seattle Seahawks All-Pro Quarterback Russell Wilson, But Coach Kingsbury Believes That Murray Has Absolutely A Much More Greater Potential.

SIDEBAR I: With The Two “K’s” and Isabella, The NFL Is In For A Shock in 2019. Coach Kingsbury Will Be Able To Implement His “Old College” And Current “Kingsbury Air Raid Offense” For The Arizona Cardinals. Heisman Trophy Winner Kyler Murray Will Shock The NFL With His Passing. Super Slotback Wide Receiver Andy Isabella Will Become His “Go To” Receiver andSuper Large Wide Receiver Hakeem Butler Will Become Another“Go To” Receiver In “The Kingsbury Air Raid Passing Offense” Agenda.

In Addition To Getting Heisman Quarterback Murray In The First NFL Selection and Super Slot Receiver Isabella In Round #2, The Arizona Cardinals Are Going To Implement “The Kingsbury Air Raid Offense.”

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SIDEBAR II: My Guess Is That Murray Will Pass For 4,000-Yards And Become Rookie Of The Year And Pro-Bowl; While Isabella Will Catch 100 Passes and Butler Will Catch Over 50 Passes. Murray and Isabella Will Both Be In The Running For Rookie Of The Year Honors Which Is Similar To My Two Friends Robert Griffin (Rookie of The Year) and Alfred Morris (In The Finals) For The 2012 Rookie Of The Year Award Honors For The Washington Redskins.

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Six Incredible Miracles That Just Saved My Life After My Robotic Knee Replacement. By Super Scout Max Emfinger!

Six Incredible Miracles That Just Saved My Life After My Robotic Knee Replacement.
By Super Scout Max Emfinger!

For 47 Years, I have been a Football Talent Super Scout and I have always been looking for The Unbelievable “Under The Recruiting Radar Football Talent” For The NFL or For College Football Coaches. When you are a Football Talent Scout, you rarely go to an Office, for work, every day, like most other Business Men, but most of the time, I would be going To Another Football Stadium To Try and find Another Super-Star That is Currently “Under The Recruiting Radar” and then Evaluate Him and Rate and Rank Him.

So on most every Thursday and Friday Night, I would Find The Best High School Football Game, Irregardless of Distance from my Home, and then I would be on The Sideline at The Start of The Game and Searching for That “Under The Radar Super-Star” in that Game.

In Searching for That “Under The Radar Super-Star” I might Walk-Around that Football Stadium Five or Six Times on a Thursday and Friday Night and Some Times on Saturday. While Walking-Around A Stadium for 1,000 or More Times, My Knees Took Really “Hard-Work” Toward Serious Arthritis.

After 44-Years, I was having a really “Hard-Time” Even-Walking, much less Walking Around a Stadium on a Thursday or Friday Night and all of my All-American Bowl Game Coaches wanted me to have a Couple Knee Replacements. I always knew that The Knee Replacements Might be able To-Help me walk, but I was always afraid that it might “Go-Wrong” and I would not be able to “Even-Walk” and so I kept “Putting-It-Off” Until Later.

Then, after 45-Years, I decided to “Go-Ahead” and have a Knee-Replacement on my Right Knee. I was Supposed to have my Surgery on February 12, but one of my Doctors forgot To Mail his Approval Info to Doctor Jared L. Braud, my Knee Replacement Doctor and it caused me to have To Have My Surgery on February 14 which was St Valentines Day.

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SIDEBAR: Although My Stryker Mako Robotic Assisted Knee Replacement Surgery Was on February 14, I Was Not Able to Send an Email Until April 14. This Robotic System Gave Dr. Braud (In Photo) More Accuracy When He Placed My Knee Implant and Was Able To Customize His Surgical Plans On Me, Based on My Bone Anatomy and Diagnosis. Oh Yeah! After Two Months, I had 4,807 Emails To Answer or Delete.

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First Miracle

My Son Eric and I were Very Excited when The Covington St Paul Baseball Team Declared That They would Honor Their 1999 Louisiana 4A State Baseball Championship With a 20-Year Reunion on Saturday, March 16, in Covington, Louisiana. Eric Got “The Winning Walk-Off Double” in The Bottom of The Seventh Inning To-Win The 1999 Louisiana State Baseball Championship.

In the Bottom of The Seventh Inning, of The Louisiana 4A State Baseball Championship Game, Andrew Mauldin, Head Coach Rick Mauldin’s Son, Doubled with two outs, bringing-up our #3 Batter Chuck Hickman. Instead of pitching to Hickman, who was also The Louisiana All-State Shortstop, Baton Rouge Woodlawn Head Coach Dru Nettles decided to Intentionally Walk him and pitch to Eric, who was The #4 Cleanup Batter And The Louisiana All-State First Basemen.

Hickman is one of the best players in The State of Louisiana and I felt that we needed to Intentionally Walk him and pitch to Emfinger,” said Coach Dru Nettles. “It would also give us a chance for a force-out at any base.”

So Eric came to the plate in the bottom of The Seventh Inning with the game tied at 3-3 and The Game-Winning Run on Second Base with two outs. Before Eric got to the plate, Woodlawn changed Pitchers, and two or three of his St Paul’s Teammates had a little break in-time and they embraced Eric and collectively said: “This is the reason that you came here to St Paul’s and you know exactly what to do!”

The Woodlawn Pitcher tried to throw Eric some outside pitches, but he definitely did not want to give Eric anything good to hit. Then, on a 2-2 count, the Woodlawn Pitcher threw a ball way-outside, trying to get Eric to go for it, but Eric reached out and hit a double to the Opposite Left-Field that brought in Garrett Acquistapace, who was a Pinch-Runner for Andrew Mauldin, with “The Game-Winning-Walkoff Run” and a 4-3 victory and The Louisiana 4A State Baseball Championship.

As Coach Rick Mauldin said: “This was The Dream and Miracle of a Lifetime, but for Eric Emfinger, It Was Ever So Very, Very Special.”

Eric (In Photo) With Three Trophies After Helping Lead The Houma Southland Hogs To The 1999 NABF National World Series Championship. His Two Trophies and MVP Plaque Included The World Series Most Valuable Player, Best Batting Average, and Most RBI’s.

I was Really Excited and I thought that I would be Walking Around After my February 14 Right Knee Replacement. My Son, Eric, Lives just outside of Oklahoma City, in Moore, Oklahoma, but His Wife, Jennifer and 2-Year Old Son, “Little Max” Would be Driving To Plaquemine on Friday March 15 and then We-All would be Driving to Covington on Saturday For The Reunion.

SIDEBAR: This First Miracle Will Be Obvious and It Will Be Explained In The Third Miracle!

Second Miracle

Being Able To Use Dr. Jared L. Braud As My Surgeon And Able To Use The Stryker Mako Robotic Assisted Knee Replacement System In My Surgery Was an Obvious Miracle. Dr. Braud did a Fabulous Job in Replacing my Right Knee and He Found-Out that my Old Knee was one of The Worst Arthritic Knees that he had ever Seen, But Dr. Braud Was Able To Customize His Surgical Plans On Me, Based on My Bone Anatomy and Diagnosis.

After about 45 Days, I Am Walking-Around with a Brand-New Stryker Mako Robotic Right Knee, But I Am Not Looking Forward To Replacing My Left Knee, Next Year. 

Third Miracle

My First 30 Days After My Ninth Major Surgery!

After My Knee Replacement Surgery and While I Was Still in The Hospital, My Current Pain Medicine Was Not Working and so My Pain Medicine Was Up-Graded. So Then, when we got Home, it Was Very Difficult For My Wife Ginger (In Photo) and Me To-Know Exactly Which Medicines To-Give Me. Consequently, For About Three or Four Days, I Was In a Fog and Out of It. I Could Hardly Get-Up Out Of Bed and I Missed My First Weekly of Therapy.

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SIDEBAR: After The First Few Days, Ginger Was Unbelievable In-Taking-Care Of Me. She Also Took Care Of Me In Other Surgeries, Including A Double Lung Surgery, Open-Heart Surgery, Prostate Cancer Surgery, and Double Kidney Stone Surgery, but none of These Surgeries were as Bad To Take-Care of as This Knee Replacement and Ginger Was Just Incredible.

Then, In Exactly 30 Days from my Surgery, I was able to go to my Moreau Therapy Workout, but after a Very Rough Night, I Nearly Passed-Out as I Started my Workout, but My Two Great Physical Therapists, Colleen Wilbert and Amanda Sanchez, Along with Their Three Great Assistants Paige Chustz, Jeralyn LeJeune, and Randi Seneca, Immediately Rushed Me To The Nearby Ochsner’s Medical Center Emergency Room.

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After Spending About Six Hours and After Running All of These Tests, Several Emergency Room Doctors Did Not Find Anything Wrong Except An “Over-Zealous” Activity in My Rehab. And so, My Wife Ginger (In Photo),  and I Were Sent Home. This Was On Thursday, March 14 and Ironically, Exactly 30 Days After My Right Knee Surgery, and This Day is Really Important To Remember!

The Next Day, on Friday March 15, Everything Seemed To Go Great, Until I Went To Bed At Midnight. Oh Yes. Eric, Jennifer, and  “Little Max” Arrived From Moore, Oklahoma at Around 10:00, Just Before We All Went To Bed.

As Ginger Helped Me Get Into Bed, I Turned-Over and I Experienced The Most Escruciating Pain in My Stomach That I Had Ever Had and I Experienced This Severe Pain, All Night. This Severe Pain Was in The Lower-Right Side of My Abdomen. I Got-Up Saturday Morning and I Was Still Hurting Really Bad and So I Was Unable To-Go To The Covington St Paul 1999 Louisiana State Championship 20-Year Reunion.

When Eric Got Back Home From The Covington St Paul 20-Year Reunion, Ginger and I Had An Unbelievably Great Time, Playing With “Little Max” but I Was Still Hurting With Severe Pain and The Strange Thing Was That We Had Absolutely No Clue As To What Was Causing This Pain.

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Eric and Jennifer Had Planned To-Go To New Orleans, For The Day, On Sunday, But Eric Decided Instead, To Take His Dad To The Ochsner’s Medical Center Emergency Room And Try To Find Out What Was Causing The Severe Pain To His Dad and This Was The Third Miracle, Because Since Ginger and I Had Just Been To The Ochsner’s Medical Center Emergency Room Only Three Days Before, We Probably Would Have Never Gone Back.

Fourth Miracle

So Eric and I Got To Ochsner’s Medical Center Emergency Room Around 1:00 P.M. on Sunday, March 17. As we Checked-In, We Were Given The Same Emergency Room That I Had on The Previous Thursday, All Of The Nurses and Doctor Aids Started Saying: Are You Back Here Again?

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The Unique Thing Was That I Got The Same Exact Emergency Room That I Had On The Previous Thursday and I Went Through The Same Exact Tests, Including Another CT /CAT Scan Which Allows The Doctors to see Inside My Body. The CT/CAT Scan Uses a Combination of X-rays and Computers to Help Create “A Look-See” To The Inside Of My Body For Information.

This Time, However, There Was One Difference In The CT /CAT Scan. Before I Did My CT/CAT Scan, I Drank About A Gallon of Water, With A Special Liquid Inside, So As To Enable The Doctors To See During The X-Rays.

This CT/CAT Scan Started Around 4:00 And It Was Going To take About Two Hours For The Results To Be Ready. The Only Difference In The Tests on Thursday and The Tests on Sunday Was The Special Liquid In The Water, But Eric and I were Preparing To Go Home At Around 7:00.

Eric and I Were Shocked When One Of The Doctors Came Back Into My Room and Announced To Us: “You Guys Are Not Going Home Tonight, Because You Are Having an Emergency Appendicitis Attack.

Oh Yes! My Tenth Major Surgery Is Coming!

SIDEBAR: There Is No Mistaking That This Appendicitis Type of Escruciating Pain Is a Very Intensifying Pain and If Left Untreated, This Pain Will Quickly Become So Severe That You Will Not Be Able To Participate in Normal Activities. This Was Definitely A Medical Emergency and Should Seek Immediate Medical Treatment.

“We Need To Operate Tonight, If Possible, But If Not, Then, Tomorrow Morning. We Do Not Have a Doctor at Ochsner’s Medical Center Emergency Room Tonight, But Baton Rouge General Hospital Has a Doctor, On Call, Tonight and He Might Be Able To Operate Tonight.”

So I Was Put Into An Ambulance and Rushed To The Baton Rouge General Hospital, About 10 Miles Away. Finding-Out That My Severe Pain Was Because of A Pending Emergency Appendicitis Attack Was The Fourth Miracle.  A Burst Appendix Could Be Life Threatening and Doctors Must Remove it Immediately to Avoid Toxicity. The Most Obvious Sign of an Appendicitis Attack is Severe Pain in The Lower-Right Side of The Abdomen.

Since I Still Was Recovering From A Right Knee Replacement, If The Appendix Burst, It Would Damage My Whole Body With Infections and Especially Sending Some Damaging Infections To My Right Knee.

Fifth Miracle

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An Emergency Appendectomy (In Photo) is The Surgical Removal of The Appendix. It Is a Common Emergency Surgery That Is Performed to Treat Emergency Appendicitis, An Inflammatory Condition of The Appendix.

The Appendix is a Small, Tube-Shaped Pouch Attached to The Large Intestine. It Is Located in The Lower Right Side of The Abdomen. The Exact Purpose of The Appendix Is Not Known. 

When The Appendix Becomes Inflamed and Swollen, A Lot of Bacteria Can Quickly Multiply Inside The Appendix and Will Lead to The Formation Of Dangerous Pus. This Buildup of Bacteria and Pus Can Cause Severe Pain Around The Belly-Button That Will Spreads to The Lower Right Section of The Abdomen.

It Is Extremely Important to Seek Treatment Immediately If You Are having These Symptoms of Appendicitis and When These Conditions Go Untreated, The Appendix Can Burst and Release Dangerous Bacteria Throughout The Body. This Can Be Life-Threatening.

When The Ambulance Got To The Baton Rouge General Hospital Emergency Room and I Was Carried Through The Emergency Door, Several Emergency Room Nurses and Aids Were Asking Me: “Are You Back Again?”

There Was A Doctor At The Baton Rouge General Hospital who was On Call, but We Did Not Know Who It Was and we Also Did Not Know Whether He Could Do An Emergency Appendectomy!

After Waiting In The Emergency Room For About An Hour, Ginger and I Were Escorted To The Operating Prep Room For Me To Receive An Emergency Appendectomy! This Was The Fifth Miracle.

Sixth Miracle

As Ginger and I Got To The Baton Rouge General Hospital Operating Room, We Still Did Not Know Who My Surgeon Was Going To Be and Then, All of a Sudden, This Familiar Looking Doctor Entered The Prep Room. This Doctor Looked Really Familiar, But He Had On His Operating Clothes-On and Both Ginger and I Did Not Immediately Recognize him. I Also Had On A Hospital Gown and Hospital Cap and He Also Did Not Initially Recognize Me.

Then, After a Few Minutes, We Both Recognized Each Other. It Was Doctor Dhaval Adhvaryu. Dr. Adhvaryu (In Photo) and My Son Eric Were Both Groomsmen In The Wedding of My Nephew Pat Huesmann and His New Wife, Samantha Adams Huesmann. Also, The Wedding Was At The Dr. Adhvaryu Mansion/Ranch/Home In Baton Rouge.

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So Having A Personal Friend To Perform My Emergency Appendectomy Was An Unbelievable Sixth Miracle.

Eric Had Spent Sunday Night At Our House In Plaquemine, After Being With Me At The Ochsner’s Medical Center Emergency Room For Most Of The Day, on Sunday And He Had Planned To Go Back Home on Monday.

Dr. Adhvaryu Had Told Ginger After the Surgery That He Would Check-In On Me At Around 11:00 A.M. On Monday Morning. I Was Hoping That Eric And Dhaval Would Get To See Each Other Again, but I Was Not Sure When Both Of Them Would Get To My Hospital Room.

Another Miracle Happened When Dr Adhvaryu Knocked On My Hospital Door At 11:10 and Eric Came-In at 11:20, Followed By Jennifer and “Little Max” at Around 11:30.



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Eric Maxwell Emfinger Four-Time All-American Baseball Player And Miracle Man! By Super Scout Max Emfinger – Short Version


Eric Maxwell Emfinger
Four-Time All-American Baseball Player
And On Eight State Championships And Four National Championships!

By His Father-Mentor Max Emfinger

In The Photo, Eric (#13) Gets The Game-Winning Walk-Off Double For Covington St Paul, Louisiana in the Bottom of the Seventh Inning To Win The 1999 Louisiana 4A State Baseball Championship.

Eric Maxwell Emfinger was born in 1980 to Max and Ginger Emfinger. That was the year after I Founded The First High School Football Recruiting Service in 1979, so I was pretty busy around that time when he got started playing Baseball at Five, but I still became his Baseball Mentor in 1989.

Also about that same time, I changed his Batting Stance from Batting Right-Handed to Batting Left-Handed. All of the Little League Umpires would tell Eric to move to the other side, but he would always line-up on the left side of the plate, hit the plate with his bat, and then tell The Home-Plate Umpire that “My Dad says that I bat on this side.

Eric Gets His Baseball Mentor At Age Nine!

I also will never forget bringing Eric home when he was Nine, after his last Little League Baseball Game. “Dad, when are you going to start coaching me,” he asked and I will never forget saying: “Today!”

SIDEBAR I: Greg Schulte was One of My Super Scout Filming Assistants and he was Also on My Super Scouts Super Select Softball Team that Won Six Straight Houston Chronicle City Softball Championships from 1987-1992 and Ended a Six-Season Record with a 68-0 Record and Six Championships. The Super Scouts Defeated The Houston Oilers Twice in Tourneys and Scored 29 Runs in The Top of The First Inning in One Game. They were Awesome.

The next year, I became his Little League Baseball Coach and I then became his Mentor for about the next fifteen years. In that same year, I also took his 10-Year Old All-Star Team to The Texas Regional State Baseball Championship Tourney and this was One of Our Our First Miracles that we shared together as We Won that Regional 10-Year Old  Baseball Championship Tournament.

Eric played a lot of different positions in Little League, but he was also a very dominant Pitcher. I taught Eric how to throw a Knuckle-Ball Pitch and it became one of his best pitches as a Pitcher. One night, in Quail Valley Little League, his Knuckle-Ball Pitch was so dominant, Eric Struck-Out 16 Batters. I Still think Eric holds that Quail Valley Pitching Record.

SIDEBAR Note II: In 1956, His Dad Struck-Out 16 Batters in Brownwood Little League and his Best Pitch was his Fastball.

From this point on, it’s pretty difficult to believe what happened next. When Eric was a 12-Year Old Little League All-Star, Coach Willie Hill and I took his Quail Valley Little League All-Star Team to The Texas Little League State Baseball Tournament in Waco, Texas where we came in Third-Place.

SIDEBAR III: In 1993, while we were in Waco, Texas for The Texas State Little League Baseball Championship, our Quail Valley Little League Team was housed on the Baylor University Campus in the Athletic Dormitory, Martin Hall. I was at Baylor University from 1962-1967 and I lived in Room 333. Then, in 1970, I went back to Baylor to work on my Masters Degree and I became the Assistant Athletic Dorm Director of Martin Hall and I lived in Room 333. So what Room do you think that Eric and I lived in for the Week that we were in Waco for the Little League State Baseball Championship. If you guessed Room 333, you would be correct.

We had a great Little League Baseball Season in 1993, when Eric was 12, but we really thought that we could win that Little League State Baseball Championship! We did finish Third which was still a great Feat. After we got back home, from Waco, Eric and I sat down and had a long talk and we both decided that we would try to make it to an Age-Group World Series Tournament and we set that as our Goal For The Very Next Baseball Season.

So then, when Eric was 13, I decided to start a Super Select Baseball Team. These Super Select Baseball Teams are pretty common now, but back in 1994, there were no such things like this anywhere in The Country. The Amazing Thing was that They did not start playing until the weekends after the High School Baseball Season was over. You have got to win a lot of Baseball Tournaments in May, June, and July to win 40 games in each Summer. The Biggest Miracle Ever For The Texas Lone Wolves Was That They Never Lost a Baseball Tournament in The State of Texas!

I took Eric and his 13-Year Old Super Select Team to The Continental Amateur Baseball Congress (CABA) World Series in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma in 1994; then his 14-Year Old (CABA) World Series in Columbus, Ohio in 1995; and finally his 15-Year Old (CABA) World Series in Chicago, Illinois in 1996.

The Miracles, in these three years, that we Qualified for all of those World Series Berths. We Qualified for only One World Series in 1994; but in 1995 and 1996, we Qualified for Three World Series in each Year.  There were so many Miracles happening, with our Baseball Team, it would take another Story to tell all of them, but there were a couple times that we scored The Winning Run in the bottom of the last inning. We always Chose to play in The CABA World Series, because they were Double Elimination Tourneys and would guarantee us to be able to play more games than in the other World Series.

So Eric and I achieved our original goal of going to an Age-Group World Series as we participated in three of them. So after participating in those three Age-Group World Series before he turned 16, Eric and I decided to Re-Set our Goals again. This time, we Set our Goals to win an Age-Group World Series and also to make All-American. By this time, Eric had become an All-Star First Baseman, but he was also a Pitcher, sometimes in relief.

We moved to Louisiana in 1997 and He missed participating in an Age-Group World Series, that year, but you will not believe what happened The Next Year in 1998, just before his Senior Season/Year in Baseball at Covington Saint Paul’s High School. Another Incredible Miracle happened!

Eric was playing on a Super Select Baseball Team in Hammond, Louisiana called Bill Hood and they won The Louisiana Summer State Baseball Championship and qualified for a World Series Berth to the National Association Baseball Federation (NABF) World Series in Evansville, Indiana.

Then, at the first of August, Eric participated in The Rick Jones Tulane Baseball Camp and he won the Rick Jones Camp MVP Trophy. The Camp MVP Trophy Award gave Eric an invitation to play with The Brooklyn Dodgers Super Select Team in the CABA High School World Series in Euclid, OhioAnd so Eric was able to participate in two 1998 Age Group World Series in The Same Summer and I drove him to both World Series Championship Tournaments.

SIDEBAR IV: I might add that The Right Fielder on the Brooklyn Dodger Super Select Team was a player by the name of Josh Hamilton. Hamilton led The Brooklyn Dodger Super Select Team in Home-Runs and RBI’s as The Brooklyn Dodgers Super Select Team went undefeated with an 8-0 Record and became The 1998 CABA High School World Series Champions.

After the last game, I drove Eric, Cross-The-Country to Evansville, Indiana where he joined his Bill Hood Teammates and helped them to finish in Third Place, but don’t forget this 1998 Bill Hood Team, because they were just warming up for their 1999 NABF World Series Championship.

So, right after The 1998 CABA World Series Championship and 1998 NABF World Series, Eric played his Senior Baseball Season in High Schooland his Covington St Paul’s Team Won The Louisiana 4A High School State Baseball Championship.

The Defensive Play of the Game for St Paul’s in that State Championship Game and also The Defensive Play of the Year took place in the top of The Seventh Inning in a 3-3 tie game. Baton Rouge Woodlawn had The Winning Run on second base with two outs and their batter hit The Winning Single to right field, but wait. Another Miracle Happened!

Our Right Fielder, Ron Allen, quickly came up with the ball and fired a perfect strike to Eric at First Base and Eric then turned and fired another perfect strike to our Catcher, Evan Gremillion, who tagged out the runner before he could score The Winning Run. St Paul’s Winning Head Coach, Rick Mauldin, said, “That play at the plate in the top of The Seventh Inning was The Play of The Game and of the Year and It was truly Another Miracle!”

Then, in the bottom of The Seventh Inning, of The 4A State Baseball Championship Game, Andrew Mauldin, Coach Mauldin’s Son, Doubled with two outs, bringing-up our #3 Batter Chuck Hickman. Instead of pitching to Hickman, who was also our All-State Shortstop, Woodlawn decided to Intentionally Walk him and pitch to Eric, who was our #4 Cleanup Hitter.

Hickman is one of the best players in The State of Louisiana and I felt that we needed to Intentionally Walk him and pitch to Emfinger,” said Woodlawn Head Coach Dru Nettles. “It would also give us a chance for a force-out at any base.”

So Eric came to the plate in the bottom of The Seventh Inning with the game tied at 3-3 and The Game-Winning Run on Second Base with two outs. Before Eric got to the plate, Woodlawn changed Pitchers, and two or three of his St Paul’s Teammates had a little break in-time and they embraced Eric and collectively said: “This is the reason that you Transferred here to St Paul’s and you know exactly what to do!”

The Woodlawn Pitcher tried to throw Eric some outside pitches, but he definitely did not want to give Eric anything good to hit. Then, on a 2-2 count, the Woodlawn Pitcher threw a ball way-outside, trying to get Eric to go for it, but Eric reached out and hit a double to the Opposite Left-Field that brought in Garrett Acquistapace, who was a Pinch-Runner for Andrew Mauldin, with “The Game-Winning-Walkoff Run” and a 4-3 victory and The Louisiana 4A State Baseball Championship.

As Coach Rick Mauldin said: “This was The Dream and The Miracle of a Lifetime that we had always talked about, but for Eric Emfinger, it was ever so very, very Special.”

SIDEBAR V: When Eric was a Junior, everyone needs to know how his Baseball Coach Steve Driscol, at Hammond High School had told him before he Transferred to St Paul’s for his Senior Season that he would never become a great player. Coach Driscol ragged on Eric all of the time, and then started cutting his playing time, and so Eric and I decided that it would be in his best interest To Transfer for his Senior Season and so we did. Eric also really wanted to prove to him and any other doubters that he was Great Player and that they were wrong. Driscol also said that it was not his job to help players to get College Scholarships.

Incredible Baseball Story

One of the most interesting and most intriguing things, of all time, happened at our house, or away from it, on the night before The State Championship Game on Friday Night. Also remember that Eric did this without his Mom or Dad knowing about it and we did not find out about it until St Paul Parents started coming-up to us at Eric’s Graduation on Sunday. These Parents were congratulating us on such a great Newspaper Article in The Newspaper about Eric leaving our house on Thursday Night before The State Championship Game on Friday.

The Article read that Eric had Sneaked-Out of our house on Thursday Night and went over to The St Paul’s Baseball Field at 11:30 P.M., in the dark by himself, and stood at Home Plate and dreamed of hitting a Home-run to win the game for St Paul on Friday Night and then walked the bases, in the dark. Eric did not hit a Home-run, to win the game, but his Dream really, really came true for him and for The Whole St Paul’s Baseball Team. Eric will definitely, most definitely remember that moment for the rest of his life. It was another Miracle in The Top of the Seventh Inning and again in The Bottom of the Seventh Inning.

“This is the best that it could ever be, said Coach Mauldin. “It was My 300th Victory, at home, for The State Baseball Championship and my son Andrew Mauldin was the pitcher. I also remember that it was 20-years, almost to the day that I was an Assistant Coach at New Orleans Jesuit when they won The Louisiana 5A State Championship and I found out that I was coming to St Paul’s.”

In 13 Month Span, Eric Was On Three State Championships And One World Series Championship!

In that 13 month span, Eric Emfinger was on Three Louisiana Baseball State Championships (1999 St Paul’s High School and 1998 and 1999 Bill Hood) and Two World Series National Championships (1998 CABA and 1999 NABF). Eric was The 1999 All-State First Baseman for St Paul’s and 1999 All-American First Baseman for Bill Hood.

After The St Paul’s State Championship and The NABF World Series Championship, Eric enrolled at Bossier Parish Community College. Bossier Head Coach, Jay Artigues, put together one of the greatest Junior College Baseball Recruiting Classes in the Country.

The Bossier Parish Baseball Team HAD NEVER participated in a Regional Baseball Tournament in the History of the School. Eric was a member of a very Special Group of Baseball Players that not only participated in The Regional XXIII Baseball Tournament for two years, but They Won 87 Games in those two years. They also nearly made it to The Junior College World Series in both 2000 and 2001. Eric also started at First Base in every single game in that two year period.

SIDEBAR VI: I might add that Bossier Parish had never participated in another Regional XXIII Baseball Tournament since The 2001 Baseball Season. In one of The Regional Tournament Games in Mississippi, Eric hit a Home-Run over The Right Field Fence that was measured to have traveled over 450-Feet and The Baseball Was Never Found.

It actually gets better. In 2001, Eric was the Youngest member, at 21, of The Houma Semi-Pro Baseball Southland Hogs who were The United States Baseball Congress (USBC) World Series Runners-Up and in that World Series, Eric had The Most Hits and The Most RBI’s in The World Series Tournament and he was Voted All-American First Team First Baseman.

In the Photo, Eric is holding his 2001 USBC Trophies for Most Hits and Most RBI’s; plus his 2001 World Series All-American Plaque. The Houma Southland Hogs finished as Runners-Up again in 2002, and Eric made The All-American Team Again, but then in 2003, The Hogs were The USBC World Series Champions and Eric again was Voted to The USBC All-American Team. In 2004, Eric Participated with The Hattiesburg Heat out of Hattiesburg, Mississippi in The National Baseball Congress (NBC) World Series in Wichita, Kansas.

Eric was A Member Of Four World Championships And Was Selected To Four All-American Teams!

As his Mentor, from 1994 until 2004, Eric Participated in 10 Age-Group World Series and Was a Member of Four World Championship Teams, including CABA in 1998; NABF in 1999; and USBC in 2002 and 2003. Eric was also Selected to Four All-American Teams, including NABF in 1999; USBC in 2001, 2002, and 2003.

We need to put these World Series Baseball Stats into Perspective. Millions of Baseball Players NEVER get a chance to play in a Single Age-Group World Series, much-less Ten. Also, one out of a Million Baseball Players will get a chance to play in One and One out of 100M might get a chance to play in Two Age-Group World Series.

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This Famous Photo of Eric Emfinger at League Stadium in Evansville, Indiana is in 2001. The situation is in The Top of The Ninth Inning For The Houma Hogs with Two Out and the Bases Loaded, as Eric hit another Winning Walkoff Double off The Right Field Wall, bringing in All Three Runs.

SIDEBAR VII: This Famous League Stadium was only built in 1992, but League Stadium looks much older than this. The reason for this is simple; it was built as a Movie Set for The Famous Movie “A League Of Their Own” and Eric participated in Four World Series in this Stadium, including 1998 NABF; plus 2001, 2002, and 2003 USBC.

Sometimes, Eric and I were not always on the same page at first, but we were always able to get on the same page together. All of his Baseball Success and his Baseball Miracles did not come without a lot of hard work and dedication to our Baseball Goals not only in our Baseball Life, but also in The Lord. Our Motto Was Always: “Expect A Miracle!” We Always Expected Miracle and many timesMiracle would happen.

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“Little Max” Emfinger With His Paw Paw, Big Max Emfinger Sitting In Front Of  His Dad’s 44 Tournament Baseball Trophies!


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Dr. Jared Braud And The Stryker Mako Robotic Assisted Knee Replacement Surgical System! By Super Scout Max Emfinger

Dr. Jared L. Braud And The Stryker Mako Robotic Assisted Knee Replacement
Surgical System!

By Super Scout Max Emfinger

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For 47 Years, I have been a Football Talent Super Scout and I have always been looking for The Unbelievable “Under The Recruiting Radar Football Talent” For The NFL or For College Football Coaches. When you are a Football Talent Scout, you rarely go to an Office, for work, every day, like most other Business Men, but most of the time, I would be going To Another Football Stadium To Try and find Another Super-Star That is Currently “Under The Recruiting Radar” and then Evaluate Him and Rate and Rank Him.

So on most every Thursday and Friday Night, I would Find The Best High School Football Game, Irregardless of Distance from my Home, and then I would be on The Sideline at The Start of The Game and Searching for That “Under The Radar Super-Star” in that Game.

In Searching for That “Under The Radar Super-Star” I might Walk-Around that Football Stadium Five or Six Times on a Thursday and Friday Night and Some Times on Saturday. While Walking-Around That Stadium for maybe 1,000 or More Times, My Knees got some really “Hard-Work” Toward Some Serious Arthritis.

After 44-Years, I was having a really “Hard-Time” Even-Walking, much less Walking Around a Stadium on a Thursday or Friday Night and all of my All-American Bowl Game Coaches wanted me to have a Couple Knee Replacements. I always knew that The Knee Replacements Might be able To-Help me walk, but I was always afraid that it might “Go-Wrong” and I would not be able to “Even-Walk” and so I kept “Putting-It-Off” Until Later.

Then, after 45-Years, I decided to “Go-Ahead” and have a Knee-Replacement on my Right Knee. I was supposed to have my Surgery on February 12, but one of my Doctors forgot to mail his Approval Info to Doctor Jared Braud, my Knee Replacement Doctor and it caused me to have To Have my Surgery on February 14 which was St Valentines Day.

Jared L Braud, M.D.

Dr. Jared L. Braud (In Photo) is an Orthopedic Surgeon at The Baton Rouge Orthopedic Clinic.  He completed a Fellowship in Adult Reconstructive Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic and specializes in both primary and revision Hip and Knee Joint Replacement Surgery.

Dr. Braud Completed his Undergraduate Education at LSU Baton Rouge with a Bachelor of Science in Biological Engineering.  He went on to receive his Doctor of Medicine and completed his Orthopedic Surgery Residency at LSU School of Medicine in New Orleans.

During this time he was recognized as the LSU Orthopedic Program Intern of the Year in 2010-2011, LSU Orthopedic Program Resident of the year in 2013-2014 and 2014-2015Dr. Braud also received recognition for his Orthopedic in Training Exam scores and for his research during this residency.  He was also active in Resident and Medical Student Education.  He served as an Instructor of an Orthopedic Critical Concepts Course for The LSU 4th Year Medical Students as well as a guest lecturer for The LSU Emergency Medicine Intern Orientation and Skills Day.

After Completion of his Orthopedic Surgery Residency he was accepted into a Fellowship Position at The Cleveland Clinic.  Here he Specialized in Adult Reconstruction with a Focus on Revision Surgery.  During this Fellowship Year, his Research Project was Accepted as a Podium Presentation at The American Academy of Hip and Knee Surgeons Annual Meeting.  At the completion of The fellowship, he accepted a position with Baton Rouge Orthopedic Clinic.

Dr. Braud is currently accepting new patients at The BROC Office located on The Baton Rouge General Campus on Bluebonnet Blvd. Dr. Braud is trained on The Stryker Mako Robotic Assisted Knee Replacement Surgical System. Dr. Braud is also one of The First Physicians in Baton Rouge to use this technology to perform The Robotic Knee Replacement Surgery at The Baton Rouge General Hospital.

The Stryker Mako Robotic Assisted Knee Replacement Surgical System gives Surgeons More Accuracy when placing Implants and Customizes Surgical Plans based on a patient’s bone anatomy and diagnosis.

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“The Stryker Mako Robotic System creates a 3D Model of The Patient’s Knee, said Dr. Braud,” allowing us to Personalize each Surgical Plan.” This technology gives us a Higher Degree of Accuracy And Precision while we guide the Robotic Arm, and at the same time Offers The Patient a Customized Knee Replacement.”

Knee Replacements are one of the most common procedures in The United States and are expected to increase by nearly 700 percent by 2030, said in a news release.

Dr. Braud did a Fabulous Job in Replacing my Right Knee and He Found-Out that my Old Knee was one of The Worst Arthritic Knees that he had ever Seen, but after about 45 Days, I Am Walking with a Brand-New Stryker Mako Robotic Right Knee, But I Am Not Looking Forward To Replacing My Left Knee, Next Year.

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Odell Beckham, Jr Was An “Under The Recruiting Radar Super-Star” Until My 2010 Super Elite Top-Gun Combine/Camp! He Then Signed With LSU Before Becoming All-American and All-Pro! By Super Scout Max Emfinger

ODell Beckham, Jr Was An “Under The Recruiting Radar Super-Star” Until My 2010 Super Elite Top-Gun Combine/Camp! He Then Signed With LSU Before Becoming All-American and All-Pro!
By Super Scout Max Emfinger

Every single Football season, there are some great High School Football Players who for some reason are over-looked by the various Recruiting Services and College Coaches.  In fact, some of these players are simply unbelievably talented players looking for an opportunity to show their talent to the various College Coaches.

In 2010, there were some really fabulous High School Football players in Louisiana that were in this category. One was named Odell Beckham Jr who was the son of former LSU great Odell Beckham Sr. And another one was Ronald Martin.

Young Beckham was from the same Isidore Newman High School in New Orleans that had already sent at least two players to the NFL by the names of Peyton Manning and Eli ManningBeckham also joined Cooper Manning as the only two Newman High School football players to ever reach 1,000-yards in Receiving. Beckham also averaged 30-yards per punt return for Newman High School.

Also! His dad, Beckham Sr was also a great Running-Back for LSU and his mom, Heather, was an All-American Track Sprinter for LSU in 1991-93, winning two NCAA Indoor Sprint Championships and three NCAA Outdoor Sprint Championships. This should have been enough to alert a few college coaches that there might be a Super Football Player at Newman HS and enough Interest to get some Scholarship Offers, but as the summer started, and at My 2010 Super Elite Top-Gun Combine/Camp, and before his Senior season, Beckham did not have a Single Scholarship Offer.

But lets “Fast-Forward Back” to The Week of July of 2013, because this was the week that Beckham Jr was announced as one of the 44 players on the 2013 Paul Hornung Award. This Prestigious Fourth Annual Paul Hornung Award goes to The Most Versatile Player in Major College Football.

In The Recent LSU Spring Game, Beckham (6-0, 187, 4.44, JR-2L) caught a beautiful 79-yard touchdown pass from QB Zach Mettenberger (6-5, 230, 4.8, SR-2L) in the End-Zone with only 4:11 left in First Half. He then caught another 21-yard touchdown pass from QB Stephen Rivers (6-8, 225, 4.9, SO-SQ) with 5:40 left in the game.

Beckham finished The 2013 LSU Spring Game with six catches for 202-yards and two Touchdowns as he helped lead the White Team to a 37-0 Victory. I was at that 2013 LSU Spring Game and I Selected Beckham as the LSU Spring Game MVP.

In 2012, As a True Sophomore, Beckham had 43 catches for 713-yards which was outstanding for a team that does not throw that much. The huge thing that makes Beckham so Special is that he has returned 35 punts for 320-yards and scored on two of them, including an incredible 89-yard return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter against Ole Miss. He also has averaged 12.9 Yards Per Touch on 138 touches in two years. Beckham also has an amazing 1,784 All-Purpose Yards in two years.

Everyone in the Football Stadium knows exactly when Beckham is going to get the football and many times it is in a crucial situation and he is still able to make positive yards.

Ronald Martin was another Super-Star Player in Louisiana in 2010 who was. also Flying Under the Recruiting Radar. Martin and Beckham Continued to make One-Handed Catches at The 2010 Super Elite Top-Gun Combine/Camp. Martin did not have one single scholarship either, but he also Signed with LSU after The Combine. This should give Hope to every High School Football Player in the Country who does not have any scholarship offers in mid-summer before their Senior Season.

In The Photo, Odell Beckham, Jr is Making one of the Most Incredible ‘One-Handed” Catches for The New York Giants and it was One of The Most Incredible Catches Ever Made in The NFL. Now, Beckham will be Making those Catches for The Cleveland Browns.

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Part II – The 2019 Lestini Group National Pro Football Free Agent Combine Highlighted By Great Skill Players! By Super Scout Max Emfinger

Part II – The 2019 Lestini Group National Pro Football Free Agent Combine Highlighted
By Great Skill Players!

By Super Scout Max Emfinger

I was very Honored and Privileged Again on Saturday and Sunday of January 19 and 20, The Weekend Before The Annual College Football All-American Senior Bowl Game, to be a Super Scout again at The Eighteenth Annual Lestini Group National Pro Football Free Agent Tryout Camp in Mobile, AlabamaCamp Director John L. Lestini Jr and his wife Mary Jo Lestini, who is The Camp Coordinator have been Putting-On this National Free Agent Tryout Camp and Super Combine for 18 Years.

This National Free Agent Tryout Camp and Super Combine gives Former College and Former Professional Players, who might be “Flying Under The Radar”  an Excellent Opportunity to show what they can do and Try To-Help them to get Themselves into or back into The NFL, Canadian Football League, Alliance Football League, World Football League, Europe Football League, Arena Football League, or Any Other of The New Professional Developmental Football Leagues which might be Starting To-Play in 2019.  There was Also a CFL Saskatchewan Roughriders Scout In Attendance and  Four Other Coaches and Player Personnel Representing The AFL Albany Empire Team.  

On Saturday Night, Some of These Free Agent Players Checked-In Early and were in The Hotel Lobby were able to meet Some of The Lestini Combine Super Coaches and I was able to meet a few of These PlayersTwo Really Good-Looking Players who were Sitting in The Hotel Lobby with their Player Agent and I was able To-Talk to Both of Them and Get some Vital Information on Them and Evaluate Their Personality and Abilities.

These Two Great-Looking Players who Checked-In Early and were with their Super Player Agent Calvin Williams were Wide Receiver Jazeric Peterson of Faulkner University and Cornerback and Kick Returner Dallin Finley of Southwest Minnesota State University. Calvin Williams also was Representing Super Linebacker Maurice Falls of East Carolina and Super Linebacker Trey Thomas (#24) of Eastern Kentucky University.

All of The Lestini Coaching Staff Family Would like To Give A Very Special Thanks to Two of Our Super Player Agents, including Super Player Agent Calvin Williams who Represented Those Four Lestini Super Free Agents and Super Player Agent Tony Mangini who Represented an Incredible Seven Lestini Super Free Agents, including Super Wide Receiver/Tight End Darius Clark of Newberry College; SLOT Receiver Marcus Campbell of LaGrange College; SLOT Receiver Evan Cain of Western New England University; Running Back Robert Catchings of Lincoln University; Running Back/Strong Safety Gerald Childs of Wisconsin-Eau Claire; Super Tight End Benjamin Galbraith of Delta State; and Defensive Tackle Jacob Benegas of New Mexico State and Western Colorado University.

We had Around 50 Super Free Agent Players who Originally Signed-Up To-Attend The Lestini National Free Agent Tryout Camp and Super Combine, but due to the Terrible Weather Forecasts, including Freezing Weather, only 20 Players were able to Participate in the Event that was Highlighted by Four Players Who Broke  a 4.0 in The Pro-Shuttle and Two Other Players Who Ran in The 4.1’s of The Pro-Shuttle. 

Our Lestini Super Free Agents Combine Had The Great Privilege to Perform In This Incredible And Beautiful New University Of South Alabama Indoor Facility.

Although we were able to Use This Beautiful New University Of South Alabama Indoor Facility, The Weather Was Still A Huge Major Factor, because The Temperature was 35 Degrees when we Started The Lestini Super Combine at 10:00 A.M. When we had our Initial Team Meeting in The Center of The Indoor Facility Field, All of These Athletes were Fully-Covered with Long Sleeve Shirts and Coats. Then when we Started The Combine, with Coach Wes Courier Leading All of the Players in His Incredible and Spectacular Warm-Up Workout, All of The Players had to Disrobe “Down To Their Lestini Free Agent Combine Shirt with Their Player Number on it.

I, However, got to Keep-On Both of my Jackets, My Dallas Cowboys Wind Breaker and My Houston Oilers Winter Coat, because I was Really Cold.

The Lestini Professional Free Agents Had Some Incredible Speed Measurables!

In The Lestini Combine, Coach Ron Estay was The Coordinator of The Most Important Speed Measurable in The Pro-Agility Shuttle and he did another Amazing Job with his Pro-Shuttle Instruction as evidence that an Unbelievable Four Players Broke a “Mind-Boggling” 4.0 Flat and Another Incredible 7 of 13 Skill Players recorded an “Unbelievable” 4.2 Pro-Shuttle or Better and One Defensive End/Tight End Recorded an Incredible 4.31 Pro-Shuttle.

The Most Incredible Pro-Shuttle of The 2019 Lestini Super Combine was by #3 CB/KR Bradley Jefferson of Averett University with an “Unbelievable”
3.87 Pro-Shuttle and Another Amazing Pro-Shuttle was a 3.94 Pro-Shuttle
by #7 Defensive Back Kunle Ayinde of The University of Minnesota.

The Other Two Players who Broke The 4.0 Flat Pro-Shuttle Mark were #11 Slot Receiver Evan Cain of Western New England University with a 3.97 Pro-Shuttle and #2 Cornerback Dallin Finley, who I met on Saturday Night, in The Hotel Lobby, Ran an Outstanding 3.98 Pro-Shuttle.

Three Other Wide Receivers ran a 4.2 or Better Pro-Shuttle, including #1 WR Jazeric Peterson of Faulkner University with a 4.13 Pro-Shuttle; #6 WR Jeffery Barnett of Trine University with a 4.11 Pro-Shuttle; and #14 Jareth Embry of Belhaven University with a 4.15 Pro-Shuttle. These Three Outstanding Wide Receivers Would Join Slot Receiver #11 Slot Receiver Evan Cain With a 3.97 Pro-Shuttle and The Four Other Skill Players Who Recorded in The 3.9’s and 3.8 with Incredible Pro Shuttle in This Speed Measurable In The Super Combine.

Wide Receiver Embry Returned for his Second Lestini Super Free Agent Combine as he Recorded Some Incredible Speed Measurables, including a 4.37 Forty in The 2018 Lestini Super Combine

The Other Super-Star Athlete who had an Incredible Forty and Pro-Shuttle for his Position was #9 Tyler Affa and The Really incredible Fact About Affa is that he did not Play High School Football, but Walked-On at Seton Hill University and Lettered Two Years, after Staring at Lackawanna National Junior College. Affa is 6-1 and 235 and he Ran a 4.56 in The Forty and did a 4.31 in The Pro-Shuttle. He could Play DE, TE, FB, or Linebacker.

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I am going to Rate Affa (#44) as a Tight End, because he made several Great Catches in The One-On-One Drills and he Impressed all of Our Lestini Combine CoachesThe Tight End/Defensive End MEARS RATING Standard is Set at 4.8 in The Pro-Shuttle and so Affa Received The Maximum 400 MEARS RATING POINTS in The Pro-Shuttle.

The Wide Receiver MEARS RATING Standard is Set at 4.6, so all Four Wide Receivers were given The Maximum 400 MEARS RATING POINTS. The Cornerback MEARS RATING Standard is Set at 4.6 and so All Three Defensive Backs were given The Maximum 400 MEARS RATING POINTS!

The One-On-One Player Drills Competition Was Really   Outstanding!

As I Explained before! The Weather was Really Cold. So, It Was Really Cold when These Lestini Free Agent Athletes Were Running Their Forty-Yard Dashes and While I had My Two Jackets and Three Shirts on to Keep Warm.

It was a Lot More Easy to Run a Pro-Shuttle and Do a Standing Broad Jump, but Running a Forty-Yard Dash in 35 Degree Temperature, is not Easy, so I have Concentrated on These Great Athletes, Their Incredible Pro-Shuttles, and Outstanding One-On-One Player Drills Competition.

When we got through with The Super Combine Part of The Lestini Combine Camp, we realized that we had Three Wide Receivers, Three Slot Receivers, and Two Tight Ends, and all Eight were Outstanding in The One-On-One Player Drills Competition. Two of The Three Wide Receivers ran a 4.2 or Better Pro-Shuttle, including #1 WR Jazeric Peterson (6-0, 195) of Faulkner University with a 4.13 Pro-Shuttleand #14 Jareth Embry (6-0, 175) of Belhaven University with a 4.15 Pro-Shuttle.

The Other Outstanding Wide Receiver/Tight End was #4 Darius Clark (6-1, 220) of Newberry College who Recorded an Outstanding 4.29 Pro-Shuttle. I Will Rate and Rank Clark as a Potential Tight End, because he Would Rate and Rank Higher at That Position and He Could Become an Outstanding Tight End at The Next Level.

Slot Receiver #11 Evan Cain (5-9, 180) of Western New England University also Ran an Incredible 3.97 Pro-Shuttle and #6 WR Jeffery Barnett (5-7, 165) of Trine University Ran 4.11 Pro-Shuttle; and They Joined The Other Three Receivers Who Recorded Incredible Pro Shuttles in This Speed Measurable In The Lestini Super Free Agent CombineSlot Receiver#10 Marcus Campbell (5-9, 175) of LaGrange College Also Recorded a 4.34 Pro-Shuttle, and Campbell Made Some Great Catches in The One-On-One Player Drills Competition.

Our Two Tight Ends were Incredible as they also ran Unbelievable Pro-Shuttles for a Big Tight End. Both Tight Ends were Also Unbelievably Impressive in The One-On-One Player Drills Competition as #31 Benjamin Galbraith (6-6, 255) of Delta State University Recorded an Unbelievable 4.29 Pro-Shuttle, while #9 Tyler Affa (6-1, 235) of Seton Hill University, Who Was One of The Most Impressive Players at The Lestini Combine, Recorded an Impressive 4.31 Pro-Shuttle.

We had Six Defensive Backs for our One-On-One Player Drills Competition against The Six Receivers, but we only had Three Cover Cornerbacks to Really Try and Attempt To Cover The Outstanding Wide Receivers, Slot Receiversand Tight Ends, but Those Three Cornerbacks had Incredible Speed Measurables.

The Most Incredible Pro-Shuttle of The 2019 Lestini Super Combine was Recorded by #3 Cornerback and Return Man Bradley Jefferson (5-7, 155) of Averett University with an “Unbelievable” and “Mind-Boggling” 3.87 Pro-Shuttle. Two Other Amazing Pro-Shuttles were a 3.94 Pro-Shuttle by #7 Defensive Back Kunle Ainde (5-11, 203) of The University of Minnesota and #2 Cornerback Dallin Finley (5-9, 189) of Southwest Minnesota State University, who I met on Saturday Night, in The Hotel Lobby, and who Ran an Outstanding 3.98 Pro-Shuttle

Although the Three or Four Cornerbacks Had Outstanding Speed Measurables and They Looked Extremely Fast in The Lestini Free Agent Super Combine  Forties, They Did Not Run Extremely Fast Forties, but They Were Extremely Quick and Extremely Aggressive in The One-On-One Player Drills Competition.

Also, most of The Wide Receivers and Defensive Backs wanted To Play both Positions in The One-On-One Competition, which was Great, because I was able To Evaluate Their Speed and Quickness on Both Sides of the Football.

All of The Lestini Super Combine Coaches have helped John and Mary Jo Lestini to make this Super Free Agents Combine, The Greatest and Most Impressive Free Agents Super Combine in the Country,  for all 18 Years.

I would still have to say that the most exciting part for me as a Super Scout is to see all of these Great Athletes In Action and Showing Their Stuff” on Sunday in front of all of The Coaches and Scouts from various Professional Teams and Professional  Leagues. There were a Few Canadian Professional Teams at the Super Combine and Super Workout on Sunday.


When I was with The Dallas Cowboys in 1975-77, we had a Rating System and when I left The Cowboys in 1977, I developed a similar Rating System that we had used in the 1976 and 1977 NFL Draft. The 1977 NFL Draft was The Tony Dorsett Draft and we used this Rating System to conclude that Dorsett was The Dallas Cowboys #1 Player in that 1977 NFL Draft.

Although I developed My Rating System, when I left The Dallas Cowboys, I did not Start using The Rating System until 2001, when NIKE Sports developed a similar Rating System and called it The SPARQ RATING SYSTEM. I then decided to bring back my Rating System and I called it The MAX EMFINGER ASSET RATING SYSTEM or MEARS RATING.

ASSET stands for Agility, Strength, Stamina, Explosiveness, and Technique. These are The Essential tools for a Superior Athletic Performance in any Competitive Sport or Event. This new MEARS RATING SYSTEM or a similar Rating System, identifies overall Athletic Ability, and it can be used by Top College and Pro Coaches around the country as an initial indicator of the Athletic Potential on the Football Field.

Whether you are a College Football Coach and you only have One Scholarship Left to give in your current Recruiting Class or you are an NFL Team and you only have only One Draft Choice Left on your Current NFL Draft Board, there needs to be a Rating System that you can go to and based on the highest rated player, would give you the very best player available irregardless of position.

By 2001, all of the other High School Football Recruiting Services were using the Five-Star Rating System Method which does not Measure Anything. One year, at the start of The Spring, they had 45 Wide Receivers that were Rated a Four-Star. We went to bed one night and the next morning, they only had 25 Wide Receivers. Someone in The Scouting Service had decided that there could only be 25 Four-Star Wide Receivers in The Entire Country and he had demoted 20 of them to a Three-Star Rating.

My MEARS RATING SYSTEM or a similar type Rating System is very important for The NFL Scouts, and The NFL Scouting Combine is the first time that “Accurate Numbers” are recorded on these players. It’s easy to say someone can run a 4.4 or a 4.3 in The Forty, but before an Accurate Hand-Held Timing by a Professional Scout or either by a slower, but Accurate Laser Timing is done, most Forty Times are less than Accurate. Technique is also very important and that is why College Football Players entering The NFL Draft will hire a Sports Trainer to train and teach them how to do a Proper Vertical Jump, Pro-Agility Shuttle, and a Standing Broad Jump.

In this Lestini Super Free Agent Combine, The Lestini Group Coaches Tested all of These Free Agent Players with Two Speed Measurables, including Two Forties and Two Pro-Agility Shuttles; plus Two Standing Broad Jumps.

Quarterbacks, Offensive Linemen, and Kickers are always going to be Very Hard to Measure, because they do Extremely Poor at a Super Combine, so These Three Positions must Be Evaluated very carefully on film or in person and then their MEARS RATING will need to be Estimated and Given a MEARS RATING that their Evaluation Deserves.

You can get a very good idea about a High School Football Player if he participates in a Legitimate Super Football Combine, but many High School Football Players do not get a chance to participate in a Super Football Camp or Combine. If a High School Football Player is being recruited by 40 D-1 Schools, then you have to assume that he is an outstanding Football Player, but how can you give this player a MEARS RATING if he does not have Valid Measurables? The answer is Very Simple! You either have to make-up or approximate his Measurables based upon his Game Film Evaluation or Actual Game Evaluationgiving him The Maximum Points on most of his  Measurables for his Position.

Most High School and College Football Players do not even know what their Measurables are and you would think that they would, but they do not. Many times, a High School or College Football Player will list his best Forty Time as a 4.8 and then twenty minutes later run a 4.6 or Better. You must keep in mind that with a little instruction and training, most High School and College Football Players can improve on their Speed Measurables by Two and Three Tenth of a Second and on their Agility and Distance Measurables by as much as Six to Eight Inches.



1 RB/RET Saquon Barkley 5-11, 230, 4.33, 40, 4.13, 132, 30 Penn State 2,810 MEARS
2 ILB Roquan Smith                  6-0, 225, 4.42, 36, 4.29, 126, 25 Georgia 2,680 MEARS
3 QB Lamar Jackson                        6-2, 211, 4.32, 36, 40, 126, Louisville 2,672 MEARS
4 DE Bradley Chubb 6-3, 275, 4.72, 30, 4.32, 116, 28 North Carolina St 2,668 MEARS
5 NG Da’Ron Payne                  6-2, 308, 5.19, 28, 4.99, 106, 36 Alabama 2,666 MEARS
6 OC Billy Price                       6-4, 312, 4.88, 32, 4.68, 110, 36 Ohio State 2,664 MEARS
7 OG
Quenton Nelson      6-5, 330, 5.08, 26, 4.88, 106, 36 Notre Dame 2,662 MEARS
8 L-OT
Connor Williams               6-5, 315, 5.1, 30, 4.56, 106, 29 Texas 2,660 MEARS
9 QB Baker Mayfield                   6-3, 220, 4.64, 28, 4.47, 112 Oklahoma 2,652 MEARS
9 CB Denzel Ward                5-11, 191, 4.23, 40, 3.88, 131, 15 Ohio State 2,652 MEARS
11 NG Maurice Hurst             6-2, 290, 4.82, 30, 4.47, 116, 32 Michigan 2,650 MEARS
11 RB Ronald Jones             6-0, 200, 4.28, 38, 4.08, 128 Southern Cal 2,650 MEARS
11 WR Calvin Ridley                  6-1, 190, 4.36, 40, 4.15, 120 15 Alabama 2,650 MEARS
14 QB Josh Allen                            6-5, 237, 4.62, 34, 4.42, 116 Wyoming 2,644 MEARS
14 DT Vita Vea                     6-5, 332, 5.01, 26, 4.87, 106, 36 Washington 2,644 MEARS
D.J. Chark                          6-3, 196, 4.32, 40, 4.02, 32 LSU 2,642 MEARS
16 FS Minkah Fitzpatrick    6-0, 201, 4.42, 38, 3.87, 126, 20 Alabama 2,642 MEARS
18 LB Tremaine Edmunds 6-5, 250, 4.62, 36, 4.38, 118 Virginia Tech 2,640 MEARS
18 OT Mike McGlinchey 6-7, 315, 5.15, 26, 4.95, 103, 30 Notre Dame 2,640 MEARS
18 OT Martinas Rankin  6-5, 320, 5.02, 28, 4.82, 106, Mississippi St 2,640 MEARS
21 RB Derrius Guice                    5-11, 218, 4.36, 36, 4.26, 120, 20 LSU 2,636 MEARS
22 R-OT Orlando Brown  6-8, 350, 5.34, 26, 5.14, 103, 30 Oklahoma 2,635 MEARS
23 QB Sam Darnold             6-3, 220, 4.64, 28, 4.47, 112 Southern Cal 2,632 MEARS
24 QB Josh Rosen                              6-4, 218, 4.87, 34, 4.25, 114 UCLA 2,626 MEARS
25 CB/RET Mike Hughes                 5-11, 191, 4.33, 40, 4.03, 130 UCF 2,625 MEARS
25 WR James Washington    5-11, 210, 4.4, 39, 4.16, 126, 20 Okla St 2,625 MEARS
25 WR/RET Christian Kirk  5-11, 200, 4.3, 39, 4.22, 128 Texas A&M 2,625 MEARS
28 LB Leighton Vander Esch 6-3, 240, 4.56, 36, 4.36, 120 Boise St  2,624 MEARS
28 SS Derwin James     6-2, 211, 4.42, 38, 4.22, 118, 20 Florida State 2,624 MEARS
30 TE Mark Andrews       6-4, 254, 4,56, 32, 4,32, 120, 25 Oklahoma 2,622 MEARS
31 OG/OC Isaiah Wynn         6-3, 308, 4.95, 26, 4.72, 110, 32 Georgia 2,616 MEARS
32 CB Josh Jackson                               6-1, 192, 4.4, 38, 4.14, 126 Iowa 2,614 MEARS



1 DE/TE   Tyler Affa            6-1, 235, 4.56, 33, 4.31, 109, 25, Seton Hill U 2,685 MEARS
2 WR/TE Darius Clark       6-1, 220, 4.53, 36, 4.29, 118, 20, Newberry    2,610 MEARS
3 WR/FS Jazeric Peterson 6-0, 195, 4.48, 38, 4.13, 122, 12, Faulkner U 2,590 MEARS
 WR/RET Jareth Embry     6-0, 175, 4.37, 40, 4.06, 128 Belhaven Univ 2,580 MEARS
5 CB/RET Bradley Jefferson  5-7, 155, 4.43, 38, 3.87, 111, 10 Averett U  2,576 MEARS
6 TE       Benjamin Galbraith 6-6, 255, 4.7, 34, 4.29, 116, 22 Delta State 2,570 MEARS
7 SLOT    Evan Cain  5-10, 185, 4.44, 38, 3.97, 109, 8, W New England U 2,555 MEARS
8 CB            Dallin Finley 5-9, 189, 4.49, 38, 3.98, 119, 15 SW Minn Univ 2,543 MEARS
9 SS/CB     Kunle Ayinde   5-11, 203, 4.55, 36, 3.94, 120, 10, Minnesota  2,526 MEARS

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10 OLB/ILB Trey Thomas 6-0, 235, 4.64, 36.5, 4.34, 117, 18, E Kentucky 2,485 MEARS
11 OLB/ILB    Maurice Falls   6-3, 240, 4.6, 36, 4.43, 114, 24, E Carolina 2,480 MEARS
12 DT           Jacob Banegas 6-2, 297, 5.05, 26, 4.58, 103, 32 W Colorado 2,476 MEARS
13 WR/RET   Jeffery Barnett     5-7, 165, 4.48, 44, 4.11, 106, 10, Trine U 2,470 MEARS
14 SLOT     Marcus Campbell 5-9, 175, 4.58, 36, 4.34, 111, 10, LaGrange 2,455 MEARS
15 SS/FS Chris Blanchard 5-10, 189, 4.63, 33, 4.52, 111, 10 MacMurray 2,400 MEARS   

10 OLB/ILB – Trey Thomas – Thomas, From Huber Heights Wayne High School in Ohio, is a Sensational Linebacker on his Highlight Film as he Makes Tackles from Sideline to Sideline. Thomas (#24) also Lines-Up as a Linebacker on The Outside and on The Inside and he Also Blitzes on The Outside.

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On his Highlight Film, Thomas Plays Strong-Side Linebacker and on at least Three Plays, Thomas Blitzed and Hit The Quarterback so hard, he Fumbled The Football and his Eastern Kentucky Team Recovered The Fumble. With these Amazing Plays on Defense, it was No-Secret That Thomas was Such a Tremendous Leader on The Great Eastern Kentucky Colonel Defense in 2014 and 2015.

In 2014, Thomas Recorded 73 Tackles, including 10 Tackles for a Loss, 3 Quarterback Sacks, 3 Caused Fumbles, 2 Recovered Fumbles, 5 Pass Breakups, and 3 Quarterback Hurries. Then, in The 2015 Season, after a (5-2, 4-0) Start, Thomas had Recorded a Team-High 39 Tackles, including 6 Tackles for a Loss, 3 Quarterback Sacks, and 3 Forced FumblesIn The Huge 45-21 Victory Over Tennessee State, Thomas Sealed The Victory, in The Final Minute with a Beautiful Interception.

At The Lestini Super Free Agent Combine, Thomas Recorded a Great 4.34 Pro-Shuttle and a Great 112 Standing Broad Jump. At The Eastern Kentucky Pro-Day, Thomas Recorded a 4.6 Forty, a 122-Inch Standing Broad Jump, and a Tremendous 36,5-Inch Vertical Jump. Thomas Recorded another 4.56 Forty at an NFL Combine and so I Averaged his Three Forties of 4.78 at The Lestini Super Combine; plus his Two NFL Forties of 4.56 and 4.6 and Gave him a 4.64 Forty. His 36.5-Vertical Jump at The Eastern Kentucky Pro-Day was Outstanding.

11 OLB/ILB –  Maurice Falls – Falls was an Incredible, Athletic Outside Linebacker in 2014 and he also was on The Pre-Season Dick Butkus Award Watch List for East Carolina University. In 2014, before his Senior Season, Falls was Clocked in an Incredible 4.47 Forty and he also did a Great 36-Inch Vertical Jump at a Summer Super NFL Combine.

These Speed and Agility Measurables For Falls were Fantastic, but his Strength Measurables were Mind-Boggling. Falls (With Muscles Rippling) Recorded an Incredible 645 Squat and Another Incredible 425-Pound Bench Press. These Incredible NFL Measurables Before his Senior Year at East Carolina were Unbelievable, but Falls was also one of The Fastest Outside Linebackers in The Country.

Falls has Always Been Known by The NFL Scouts as An Outstanding, Athletic Outside Linebacker with Great Ability and Falls Finished his Senior Season with 36 Tackles, including 5 Tackles for A Loss, and 2.5 Quarterback Sacks.

In The 2015-2016 Football Season, Falls Played With The Carolina Panthers and Miami Dolphins. His Player Agent, Calvin Williams, has Helped Many Great Professional Athletic Free Agents and he Helped Falls To Get Back into Football and in 2018, Falls Played for The NAL Carolina Energy.

At The Lestini Combine, with The Really Cold Weather, Falls Ran a 4.8 Forty, a 4.46 Pro-Shuttle, and a 108 Standing Broad Jump, but his Previous Measurables were Incredible and so I Averaged his Measurables. His Best Forty Were Two NFL Forties, including a 4.47 Forty and a 4.53 Forty and I Averaged those two Forties with his 4.8 Lestini Combine Forty and So I Gave him a 4.6 Forty. His Best NFL Pro-Shuttle was a 4,41 and his Lestini Pro-Shuttle was a Great 4.46 and so I gave him a 4.43.

12 DT – Jacob Banegas – Benegas is a Real Defensive Freak who has been Double-Teamed by Every Team that he has Played Against in his Football Career. In 2014, As a True Freshman at Pima Community College, after Graduating from Las Cruces High School in New Mexico, Benegas was an Unbelievable Defensive Force on Their Defense.

Banegas was So-Impressive, he was Offered a Scholarship to New Mexico State University, back in his Home Town. Then, in 2015, as a Sophomore at New Mexico State, although Banegas was still being Double-Teamed on Almost Every Single Play, he Still Recorded 20 Tackles, including 8 Solo Tackles, 2 Tackles for a Loss, 1 Quarterback Sack. 1 Interception, and he Recovered 1 Fumble.

Then in 2018, after Transferring to The Western Colorado University Owls, Banegas Recorded 31 Tackles, including 14 Solo Tackles, 1 Quarterback Sack, 2 Tackles for a Loss, and 2 Pass Breakups and was Invited To-Play in The All-American Bowl.

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In 2015, as a Sophomore at New Mexico State University, Banegas (Muscles Bulging) Recorded an Incredible 435-Pound Bench Press and a 550-Pound Squat in Two Strength Measursables at a Hudl Super Combine. In that Same Hudl Super Combine, Banegas also Ran a 4.9 Forty and Recorded a 26-Inch Vertical Jump, while Weighing 315-Pounds.

At The 2019 Lestin Super Combine, Banegas Recorded a 5.38 Forty and an Outstanding 4.58 in The Pro-Shuttle. He also Ran a 4.88 Forty at an NFL Combine, so I Averaged his 4.88, 4.9, and 5.38 and Gave him a 5.05 Forty.

13 WR/SLOT/RET – Jeffery Barnett – Barnett is an Unbelievable and Incredible D-III All-American Wide Receiver and Kick Return Man from Trine University. Barnett was also a Track All-American as he Broke The Trine University Long Jump Record as a Sophomore with a Fabulous 23-9.5 Long Jump. Barnett Recorded a Incredible 44-Inch Vertical Jump at NFL Camp.

Then at The Don and Riley Zimmer Indoor Classic, Barnett did a Phenomenal Long Jump of 24-Feet-11.75-Inches which was The Seventh-Best Division III Long Jump at An Indoor Track Meet in History. Barnett was Second in The Country For The 2018 Indoor Track Season and The Best in The History for Trine University.

Barnett Set a Meet Record at 23-8 To-Win The Long Jump at The MIAA Track Championships and he Was Recognized As The Most Valuable Track and Field Athlete. Barnett Finished Second with a 23-6.75 Jump at The NCAA Track Championships as The First Trine All-American in The long Jump.

As a Senior, Barnett was a Really Sensational Kick Return Man. I Spent about Five Minutes watching his Amazing Highlight Film with Two Ninety-Five-Yard Kick Returns for a Touchdown; Two Eighty-Five-Yard Returns for a Touchdown; and Several 80-Yards, 75-Yards, and 65-Yards for a Touchdown. As a Senior, Barnett (#18) Averaged an Incredible 39-Yards Per Kick Return and was Selected to The AP NCAA D-III First Team All-American as well as The AFCA All-American Team.

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As a Senior, on a Dominant Running Attack, Barnett Caught 27 Passes for 535-Yards, 2 Touchdowns and 19.8-Yards Per Catch; To Go with his 39-Yards Per Kick Return Yard Average. In The Lestini One-On-One Player Drills Competition, Barnett made Several Great Catches, including a Tremendous Out and Go Pattern and an Outstanding Catch Over The Middle. Barnett also Recorded an Outstanding 4.11 Pro-Shuttle in The Lestini Combine.

14 SLOT – Marcus Campbell – Campbell is From Athens Claarke Central, Georgia, and he is an Outstanding SLOT Wide Receiver who was Selected To The USA South All-Conference Team, as a Junior in 2017 as he Caught 65 Passes.Those 65 Passes was The Second Most Catches in a Single Season for The LaGrange Panthers in Conference Play in History.

Campbell also Led The Panthers in Receiving Yards for The Season with 807-Yards and 4 TouchdownsIn that Same 2017 Football Season, Campbell (#11) also Tied a School Record with an 80-Yard Catch for a Touchdown Against Brevard. In that Same Game Against Brevard, Campbell Set another School Record With 210-Yards Receiving with 7 Catches.

Image result for Marcus Campbell LaGrange College PhotosAs a Senior in 2018, Campbell Caught 44 Passes for 598-Yards and 4 Touchdowns and After The Season, he was Selected To Play in The All-American Bowl Game for Division D-II and D-III Players, as he Joined Super DE Tyler Affa, DT Jacob Benegas, SS Chris Blanchard, Super SLOT Evan Cain, RB Gerald Childs, Super WR Darius Clark, and Super TE Benjamin Galbraith.

Campbell Recorded a 4.83 Forty at The Lestini Super Combine, but he also Recorded a 4.45 at An NFL Pro-Day Camp and a 4.48 at another Combine. He also Recorded a 36-Inch Vertical Jump at The NFL Pro-Day Camp. With those Three Forties, of 4.45, 4.48, and 4.83, I averaged them and gave him a 4.58. At The Lestini Super Combine, Campbell Recorded Outstanding Speed and Agility Measurables with a Great 4.34 Pro-Shuttle and a Great 111-Inch Standing Broad Jump.

15 SS/FS – Christopher Blanchard – Blanchard is an Aggressive and Outstanding Safety, from Wiggins Stone High School in Mississippi and he can Play all Three Positions in The Secondary. In The Opening Game of his Senior Season in 2018, Against Rockford University, Blanchard Had his Best Game of The Season With a Career-High 8 Tackles, including 6 Solo Tackles and 2 Pass Breakups. Although his MacMurray Highlanders Team Lost This First Game, The Highlanders Won Their Next Six Games and Finished with a Tremendous 7-2 Record.

Image result for Christopher Blanchard MacMurray NFLOn his Senior Highlight Film, Blanchard Only Made Two Key Interceptions, but they both were Unbelievable and Incredible. His First Interception was Made at around his Own 20-Yard Line and He Then Started Up-Field Toward The Goal-Line and as he Started Toward The Goal-Line, he Broke-Away From Seven “Would-Be Tacklers” that “Put-Their-Hand-On-Him” and He Then Dived Into The End-Zone For a Touchdown. His Second Interception was a Beautiful Diving-Interception-For-The-Football, with Two Defenders on his Back.

In a 7-2 Senior Season, Blanchard Finished his Nine-Game 2018 Season With 35 Tackles, including 20 Solo Tackles, 2 Tackles for a Loss, 2 Interceptions, and 4 Pass Breakups. After The Season, Blanchard was Selected To The HMAC All-Conference First Team Defense and Then Selected To Play in The All-American Bowl Game With Affa, Benegas, Cain, Campbell, Childs, Clark, and Galbraith.

Although Blanchard is a Super, Strong and Super Aggressive Strong Safety, he is not a Sprinter. In The 35-Degree, Cold Temperature, Blanchard only Ran a 4.85 Forty at The Lestini Super Free Agent Combine, but he also Ran a 4.6 Forty at The Super Hudl Combine and he also Ran a 4.56 and a 4.53 at Two NFL Combines. So, I Averaged his Four Forties and Gave him a 4.63 Forty To-Go with his 33-Inch Vertical Jump and 4.42 Pro-Shuttle at The Hudl Super Combine, along with an Outstanding 300-Pound Bench Press and an Equally Outstanding 450-Pound Squat.

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Dallas Cowboys #1 Super Scout Gil Brandt Gets Hall of Fame Honors. By #2 Super Scout Max Emfinger

Dallas Cowboys #1 Super Scout Gil Brandt Gets NFL Hall of Fame Honors.
By #2 Super Scout Max Emfinger

I Would Like To Congratulate My Former Boss, Gil Brandt of The Dallas Cowboys on Being Selected To The NFL Hall of FameMy Former Boss, Gil Brandt, was The Original #1 Super Scout and he has just been Honored with an NFL Hall of Fame Award and We Want to Give Him All of The Congratulations That He Totally Deserves.

Gil Brandt was The Dallas Cowboys Vice President of Player Personnel from 1960-1988. Along with Head Football Coach Tom Landry and General Manager Tex Schramm, Brandt Helped The Dallas Cowboys To-Get to Five Super Bowls and Then Winning Super Bowl Championships in 1971 and 1977.

It has been a long time since I called The Dallas Cowboys my home, but I have kept up with The Cowboys and The NFL ever since I left in 1977. When I was working for Head Coach Tom Landry and Super Scout Gil Brandt, I felt that I was able to help The Dallas Cowboys to be a Little More Successful. I also Researched Really Hard To-Find a Photo of My Old Boss as I Knew him!

Gil Brandt Will Always be My Hero and Being Famous as Being The Father of The Innovative NFL Scouting Methods with The Dallas Cowboys. His Unbelievable Innovation Helped him To Identify More Information on a Potential Player in The NFL Draft, in The Format of More Skills in The Form of More Information and More Measureables.

Brandt is also Credited With The Unbelievable Philosophy of Drafting The “Very best Athlete Available” Rather than Drafting a Player of The Team’s Positional NeedBrandt Set Standards For The Dallas Cowboy Scouts To Evaluate Players for The NFL Draft and Various Other NFL Teams Found-Out About Them and Started Using Them.

Another One of The Most Innovative New Scouting Techniques Developed by Brandt was The Evaluations of Super Athletes in Other Sports than Football. Three of The Most Famous Super Athletes were Dallas Cowboys Hall of Fame Super-Star Bobby Hayes In Track; One of my Dallas Cowboys Scouting Best Friends, Cornell Green, In Basketball; and Toni Fritsch In Soccer.

Brandt took in Consideration These Two Great Athletes (Hayes and Green)  with Great Measurables in Other Sports for The Potential Dallas Cowboys NFL Draft ChoicesI will Never Forget Looking at The Bob Hayes Files and seeing that He Not only ran a 9.1 in The 100-Yard Dash, but he also had a 44-Inch Vertical Jump and something like a 3.91 Pro-Shuttle. Of Course, Hayes had never Caught a Touchdown Pass, but he Learned Really Quickly.

The Dallas Cowboys were The First NFL Team To-Sign a College All-American Basketball Player and then turn him into a Super NFL Player. Green was From Utah State, and he Was a Two-Time All-American Basketball Player in 1961 and 1962. Cornell Green was The First Brandt-Success with a Basketball Super-Star and in 13 Years with The Dallas Cowboys, Green was Selected To The NFL All-Pro Team 8 Times.

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My Good Friend, Cornell Green, Retired from Football with The Dallas Cowboys and then Cornell became a Dallas Cowboys Talent Scout With me in The Same 1975 Year and of course, Green  Never Played Football until The First Day of Practice in his Rookie Year, but Cornell Averaged an Incredible 28 Points and 13 Rebounds as a Senior and Recorded a Fabulous 43-Inch Vertical Jump.

I will Never Forget Laughing with Cornell when we talked about his First Day of Football Practice in The Summer Pre-Season Practice in 1962. Although he had Never Played A Down of Football before His First Summer Football Practice, Cornell Made The NFL All-Rookie Team in That Same Rookie-Year in 1962. Cornell and I Were Joined by Two Other Dallas Cowboys Talent Scouts in Reid Johnson and “Big John” Wooten.

Brandt and The Dallas Cowboys were also The First NFL Team To Use Mental and Personality Tests to Help To-Determine The Mental Capacity of High Potential NFL Draft Choices. Brandt was also Responsible For Helping To Create The Annual NFL Super Scouting Combine.

In 1974, after spending Two Years as a Graduate Assistant for Head Football Coach Hayden Fry, at The University of  North Texas, I got a call from Dallas Cowboys Super Scout Gil Brandt. Out of All of People in The Country, Gil Brandt told me that he had An Opening for a Talent Scout with The Dallas Cowboys. I Drove to Dallas and Interviewed for The Job and I was all set to take The Job when The Cowboys decided not to hire another Talent Scout.

In the meantime, I had Interviewed with Lanier Business Products to get back into Sales. Then, one day, I got a call from Lanier and Later that month, I took a job as a Salesman with The Lanier Business Products in Dallas, Texas.

As a Word-Processing and Dictating Machine Salesman, I became one of The Top Salesmen in The Dallas Sales Office and I was Already Being Groomed to become a Sales Manager or a National Sales Trainer. I also won Three Lanier Salesmen of the Month Awards.

Then, About a year later, I was in Garland, Texas, on a Sales Call, and I got another call from Gil Brandt. “Max, we are now ready to hire another Talent Scout and I was Wondering if you were still interested?” This was like a “Dream-Come-True For Me” so I became a Dallas Cowboys Talent Scout.

One of the reasons that Gil Brandt Hired Me was, because he was Impressed with My Innovativeness and Hard Work. In Fact, after In Helping my Graduate Assistant Coach, Billy Brashier, who was The Secondary Coach, and also The North Texas Recruiting Coordinator, Coach Fry Got a Special Ruling from The NCAA to Make Me The Recruiting Coordinator, as a Graduate Assistant in my Second Year.  

Gil Brandt Hired me to become his In-House Assistant Talent Scout. As his In-House Assistant Talent Scout, I Developed some Pretty Exciting Innovative Programs that The Dallas Cowboys were still using for a many years after I left.

One day, Gil Asked me To-Follow him Down The Hall, because he had a Huge Project for meAs I followed Gil down The Hall, we walked into one of The Coaching Staff Board Meeting Rooms where The Late NFL Hall of Fame Head Football Coach Tom Landry and The Late Dallas Cowboys Defensive Coordinator Coach Ernie Stautner were waiting for us.

Max, we want you to develop a Flip Chart For Our Coaching Staff,” said Coach Tom LandryThis Flip Chart that I Coordinated was The Rating and Ranking of Every Current NFL Player. I then Color-Coded Every Player in The NFL as to his Rating and Ranking.

BLUE = Future or Past All-NFL
RED = Average NFL Player
GREEN = Rookie or Two-year NFL player.

I Developed This Huge Flip-Chart For Each NFL Team. Then, a Color-Coded Business-Card with The Name and Measuraeables of Each Football Player was placed in The Flip-Chart Sleeve For Each Position on The Football Field for Both The Offense and Defense For Each NFL Football Team.

These Late Legendary Coaches and NFL Hall of Fame Head Football Coach Tom Landry and Defensive Coordinator Coach Ernie Stautner used This Color-Coded Rating and Ranking System as Info For Their Weekly Scouting Report in Preparation for Their Next GameAfter Finishing This Dallas Cowboys Huge Scouting Project, Coach Landry Turned To Coach Stautner and Said:

Coach, I Think We Have Us A Real Super Scout!”

Another Dallas Cowboys Scouting Project that I Coordinated was The Development of a Texas Top 100 High School Football Recruiting List for College Football Coaches. We did this as a favor to College Coaches and we gave this list to Every College Team in The Country That Recruited Texas Players. That Included Almost Every Single College Team in The Country.

All of these Innovative Factors Combined to help Super Scout Gil Brandt, Head Football Coach Tom Landry, and Team President Tex Schramm To Build The Dallas Cowboys into The Most Dominant Franchise in The 1960’s and 1970’s. During this time period, Brandt Was In-Charge of The Dallas Cowboys NFL Draft of Several Franchise Players,including Emmitt SmithBob Lilly, Lee Roy Jordan, Randy White, Mel Renfro, Roger Staubach, Ed “Too Tall” JonesRayfield Wright, Harvey Martin, Tony Dorsett, and of Course Bobby Hayes and Cornell Green.

Another Unbelievable and Incredible Fact is that There Are 13 Dallas Cowboy Players in The NFL Pro Football Hall of Fame and Gil Brandt was The Super Scout That Helped Make All of Them a Dallas Cowboy. Then There Are 19 Players in The Dallas Cowboys Incredible Ring of Honor, and Gil Brandt was Involved in Making 15 of Them a Dallas Cowboy.

For All of These Contributions to The Dallas Cowboys Organization, The Dallas Cowboys Owner and General Manager Jerry Jones made Gil Brandt The 22nd Member of The Ring of Honor in November. Now, The Hall of Fame Has Honored Gil Brandt at the highest Level possible.

With Gil Brandt as The Newest Hall of Fame Inductee, The 17 Dallas Cowboys Selected To The NFL Pro Football Hall of Fame Include: Gil Brandt, Roger Staubach, Tom Landry, Tex Schramm, Bob Lilly, Tony Dorsett, Randy White, Mel Renfro, Troy Aikman, Rayfield Wright, Michael Irvin, Bob Hayes, Emmitt Smith, Deion Sanders, Larry Allen, Charles Haley, and Jerry Jones.

Brandt and the rest of his Hall of Fame Class will be Officially Enshrined at The Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, this Summer.

I loved being a Dallas Cowboys Scout, but Lanier Business Products was calling me almost every day to come back to work for them. Then one day, Lanier Offered Me a Job that I Could Not Pass-Up. They Offered Me The Job of Lanier Sales Manager in Midland, Texas.

This job would effectively Triple My Income! I really did not want to leave The Dallas Cowboys, but there was just too much money involved.

I decided to go talk to The Late Dallas Cowboys President and General Manager Tex Schramm (In Photo with Gil Brandt) and see if they could either match The Lanier Salary and Commission Figures or at least give me a raise. “Max, you have done a great job for us and we love you. Soon, you will receive a raise, but it sounds like you have a pretty fantastic offer that you can’t pass-up,” said Tex Schramm.

I was The Lanier Sales Manager in Midland, Texas for two years and then I was hired away by Micom Word Processing International to take over as their Micom Houston Branch Manager. After about a year, I left Micom To Found The First National High School Football Recruiting Service, in Houston, Texas.

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