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05/02/2014

A first for Gary Patterson

UnknownTCU head football coach Gary Patterson has had plenty of players drafted in the NFL, but never one who actually attended the draft in New York City.

TCU defensive back Jason Verrett, who is expected to be selected in the middle of the first round of the NFL draft on Thursday night, has been invited to the draft and will walk the red carpet. Not bad for a kid who got torched by Robert Griffin III in his first college game.

Among the handful of people he invited to join him in NYC is his former college head coach, who gladly accepted. Patterson said he won't be traveling with the Verrett party, but he will attend to support his former player.

As an invite, Verrett can ask a limited number of people to join him at the NFL party in Radio City Music Hall. The cast of characters around the player normally consists of the agent, and then family members and close friends. You don't always see the college head coach there.

Verrett inviting GP makes sense, consdering that he told Stefan Stevenson of the Star-Telegram in this story that attending TCU was, "was probably the best decision of my life."

Patterson's lone first round selection was defensive end Jerry Hughes in 2010 by the Indianapolis Colts, who was the 31st pick. He was not invited to attend. Quarterback Andy Dalton was invited to attend the draft in '11, but he declined.

Verrett should be TCU's highest selection since running back LaDainian Tomlinson was picked fifth by the San Diego Chargers in 2001.

Verrett is a good kid, and easy to root for; he had a wonderful college career, earned his degree, and now should cash in on a pro career.

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Comments

mya

He was good for TCU and if he doesn't get injured he will be a journeyman pro. The TCU should wish him well. He was a good soldier when he was here

purple power

It's staggering watching these kids come thru here. TCU is a great football school. I hope this kid gives back to the program and school that has so richly improved his life.

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