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Father Of Tennessee QB Tyler Bray Is Mad That Steelers Didn\’t Draft His Son


In probably one of the funniest stories that you will read all day, Jeff Bray, the father of former Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray, who went undrafted and eventually signed with the Kansas City Chiefs as a free agent, told WWLS Radio that draft day was brutal for his son and that the Pittsburgh Steelers were one of two teams that said they would draft his son.

“Nobody wants him (in the draft), then for two hours the phone does not stop ringing from different teams,” the elder Bray said. “As a parent, you say: \’You want him now, but you didn\’t want him in the draft?\’  I know I\’m his parent, but I don\’t see how 11 quarterbacks get picked, and the best quarterback physically is not picked.”

Mr. Bray sounds like he is a soccer mom.

“It was brutal,’’ he said in a phone interview to the radio station. “I personally think with that kind of talent, to sit through something like that, it just amazes me.’’

It is likely true that the Steelers did have serious interest in Bray. They did send a full contingency to the Tennessee pro day this year and reportedly even took the quarterback out to dinner in addition.

The Steelers very well could have drafted Bray in round six or later, but they probably never imagined that Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones would still be on the board by the time their second pick in the fourth round rolled around.

Let\’s not forget that Bray also came with a few character red flags and the fact that he never beat a ranked team and won just two SEC games in his last two seasons at Tennessee.

There are no guarantees on draft day and I am pretty sure that Bray was not the only kid that was told by a team that he would be drafted by them only to wind up having said team pass on him altogether.

Someone tell this man that there is no crying in football.

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  • Lamarr56

    Did he expect the Steelers to take two Quarterback in the draft, this cracks me up.

  • steeltown

    Ha!
    Yes, Mr. Bray, when you dont get drafted, you usually will get calls after the draft and be signed as an undrafted player.. that is usually what happens. You should be happy that he has a chance to prove himself in the League at all

    On top of multiple off field issues and reported “poor work ethic” he won just two SEC games in two seasons.. and he never beat a ranked Team… hmm kinda glad we didnt draft him

  • http://twitter.com/softdrums Shea Fahr

    Sounds like the same kind of Dad that yells cuss words from the stands at the umpire in Little League Baseball when his kid strikes out….

  • Brendan

    I’m a Vols fan and I didn’t even want the Steelers to draft him. He had all the talent in the world around him as evidenced by how high his receivers went in this draft, but he just couldn’t win football games. And for the people who don’t think Ben is a good enough leader, Bray would make you pull your hair out.

  • Bradys_Dad

    I guess his handshake was as solid as oak.

  • TJimmy

    With life, as with football, sometimes the ball bounces differently than expected.

    If Tyler carries that same false sense of entitlement that his father has, it’s no wonder he wasn’t drafted. What is it with people today and how everyone thinks the world owes them something?

  • http://www.amazon.com/The-Sibyl-Reborn-ebook/dp/B009KNQHSM James P. Kelly

    I’m not saying the team should have drafted Bray, but I do think the choosing of Landry Jones was a knee-jerk response to losing one of the players they targeted when they traded next year’s 3rd round pick for an extra 4th round pick. Had their board unfolded as planned, they probably intended to draft Bray in the 6th or 7th. Instead, they saw Schmarko Thomas, BW Webb, and Barrett Jones all available as they neared their fourth round selection–and they probably suspected all would be gone by the 5th. So they gambled on grabbing two of these quality talents, winning on Thomas but losing BW Webb and Barrett Jones. (What were the odds of losing both when only 3 picks lay between their two 4th round selections?) The team then dithered before selecting Landry Jones. I imagine they figured they had an unexpected extra pick (as a result of the trade) so why not choose a possible upgrade over Bray. Time will tell whether this course was wise (or if that’s what actually happened…because IF Landry Jones takes off, the true tale that led to his selection will become part of his legend). I wish they would have treated the pick differently since real value was still available (Like Rasheem Greene and others) that might have helped the team toward a 7th championship during Ben’s remaining years.

  • mokhkw

    This isn’t helping your son grow up Mr Bray. There’s very good reason why Tyler and others like DaRick Rogers went undrafted & they have no-one to blame but themselves for that.

  • steeltown

    …and Colbert told you this?

  • Jollyrob68

    He came off as an arrogant douche on Gruden camp who doesn’t follow his reads. Even when Gruden pointed it out he still wanted to throw it to the same Wr.
    Gruden looked at him like this kids an idiot.

  • Dan

    Maybe so, but I can understand the emotion and disappoint of not being drafted after expectations were set by that report a couple weeks ago. I don’t know if the report that the Steelers would draft Bray was the result of a reporter getting info from somebody who didn’t know anything, if it was part of some smoke screen or just a prediction that didn’t come to fruition. That’s why I think it’s irresponsible of reporters to suggest a team will take a late round prospect. Doesn’t serve any purpose.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bob.shoemaker.520 Bob Shoemaker

    I still think we should have drafted Lattimore with our 2nd 4th round pick. Even if Dwyer and Redmen get offers next year we would still have Bell and Lattimore under contract for 3 or 4 years. Damn fine runners at a decent price.

  • dgh57

    Did the Steelers really say they would draft Tyler Bray?!! I kinda doubt it! If they did they had no business doing so when there’s 31 other teams drafting.

    Duh!!!!! Mr.Bray! When teams don’t have to invest much in a player(a UDFA) the phone is going to ring off the HOOK!!

  • steeltown

    Yea.. they may have said they would draft him (in the 5th or 6th) maybe buuuttttt they drafted one better in the 4th Rd.. so get over it Mr. Bray, sorry you’re not going to get that big payday through your son.. he’ll have to work for it, if he truly wants it

  • http://www.facebook.com/Wilkes420 Christopher Wilkes

    We shoulda drafted Cordarrell Patterson! Damnit!!!

  • Cody Younkin

    Cry me a river, At least your son is in the NFL and has a chance to have most of the most dreamed about jobs in the world (or at least in America). its doesnt matter where your picked in the draft or UFA, its what you do when you once your givin the oportunity.

  • Bill Bob

    Wow how did you get invited into the war room.I love the draft but its not predictable you don’t get everything you want.

    The problem was having to many needs to fill in one draft.

    Landry Jones may be the steal of the draft his numbers compare to Tom Brady’s. His offense averaged 38 points game. 65 percent completion rate.Makes all the throws with accuracy will throw to the running back as the OC wants you to do

    Goodbye Ben in two years

  • SteelSpine

    Ahh nice. THAT is exactly what the father should’ve instead said after his son went nondrafted..

  • Chris Ranieri

    The Steelers will not release Ben. On that note, he is under contract through 2015. Depending on his production this year we are likely to see an extension for a couple of years or so.

    Now I do like Landry Jones, but the steelers are in no way in a hurry to help Ben pack his bags.

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