Cyril Grayson, Track Star, Signs with Seahawks
By Lee Vowell
On Monday the Seahawks announced the signing of Cyril Grayson. Grayson has not played football since 2011. Grayson did run track at LSU and is fast.
Like, really fast.
Grayson was a seven-time track All American in college. He focused on the 200, 400 and 800 meters. His specialty was in relays. Grayson was part of four relay teams that won national titles. This, of course, means the Seahawks most probably see him as a hook-and-ladder specialist with Seattle. One can imagine the play being run three or four times a game. Pass to Baldwin? Here comes Grayson. Deep corner to Graham and quickly followed by Grayson. Maybe something like that.
The issues with Grayson’s signing
Grayson signed with Seattle as a wide receiver. His chances for making the team are small. He has not played football since 2011. Grayson was 17 years old the last time he played. He might be a bit rusty.
Still, Grayson did take part in LSU’s Pro Day last week and ran a 4.33 40. Of course, speed is not the issue with Grayson. His problems would be lack of experience, football IQ and durability. No one knows the answers to those three questions.
According to a NOLA.com article last week, Grayson responded to why try football with
"“It’s always been a dream of mine. People take different routes to get different places. I came here and ran track. Nobody here today has the resume that I have. Nobody else is a seven-time All-American, five-time All-SEC, and four-time national champion. It speaks for itself.I’m a hard worker and the ultimate goal has always been to get to the NFL and pursue that dream. I miss it every day. It was hard to go to Tiger Stadium and watch the games. I go to sleep every night and dream about it and wake up and not actually live it. I always wanted to do it and I miss it every day.”"
Seattle has never been afraid to take chances under John Schneider. There is low risk in Grayson’s signing. He becomes the tenth receiver on the Seahawks roster. Though he has little chance of making the team, anything is possible. No harm in trying to reach one’s dreams.