NFL draft 2014: How to hug Roger Goodell, by Michael Strahan

Ryan Kerrigan’s technique in 2011 was impeccable. (Jonathan Newton / Washington Post)

Somehow, one of the most important talents a prospective NFL player can exhibit is overlooked in the interminable run-up to the NFL draft.

How, exactly, does one participate in the Roger Goodell hug-a-thon that occurs after a player’s name is called by the NFL commissioner in the first round and he walks onto the Radio City Music Hall stage?

Michael Strahan demonstrated one technique on “Live with Kelly and Michael” and it isn’t going to go over well with the commish, in that it involves hugging the stuffing out of him.

Two years ago, Dontari Poe had one of the best hugs:


Here’s a look, courtesy SB Nation, of how the hugs went down in 2012:

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.



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Cindy Boren · May 8, 2014

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