“With the ninth pick in the 2007 NFL Draft, the Miami Dolphins select Ted Ginn, wide receiver, Ohio State.”
The look was unmistakeable. There was a mixture of surprise, terror, and a little bit of embarrassment when the pick was made, and Brady Quinn’s name wasn’t called. The Maxwell Award winner who finished third in the 2006 Heisman voting had completed a stellar career at Notre Dame, and it was all but assured he’d go No. 9 to Miami.
When the Dolphins passed on Quinn, it set off one of the most memorable slides in NFL Draft history. The image of Quinn moving to the Green Room and waiting for his name to be called as pick after pick was made was unforgettable. And the Browns – the team Brady had rooted for as a kid in Columbus – swooping in and trading up to No. 22 to end the fall and finally get their franchise quarterback should have had a storybook ending.
That’s not how it worked out, of course, but Quinn’s draft day story is still fascinating eight years later. It all started with a hat and a phone call.