Congratulations to Notre Dame's Darius Walker for winning this year's Ernest Shazor Award which annually goes to the biggest dope for coming out too early. Like Earnest, Walker went undrafted despite being one of the highest rated recruits coming out of high school and having a solid college career.
That got us thinking about Old Ernest and his whereabouts and what we discovered was a little shocking.
From the Orlando Sentinel:
Still AWOLIt's never good when a team has to send out an APB on a recent addition. Well, that article was written in February and no media outlet has written a story about Ernest since then. Nor is he on the Predators' roster. We hope Ernest is doing OK and turns up soon. If anyone has heard a rumor about where he might be, please give us a heads up.
The mystery surrounding DB/LB Ernest Shazor continued Saturday.
The team (AFL's Orlando Predators) had signed the University of Michigan alumnus and former Arizona Cardinals player to a free-agent contract on Dec. 12, but Shazor never reported for the Preds' training camp. Worse, Preds officials have no idea where he is and why he didn't show up.
"I don't know anything about him," Gruden said. "His agent doesn't know where he is. Nobody knows where he is. We had an All Points Bulletin out for him. Hopefully, he's OK, because it's just really odd."