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Papa John will be watching Bills QB

2/4/2010

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Never know who you're going to run into at the Super Bowl media center.

While milling around before a news conference with The Who, I came across Papa John's founder John Schnatter. My first thought, of course, was that rocket arm he displays in his commercials. My second thought was about Buffalo Bills quarterback Brian Brohm.

Schnatter is one of the University of Louisville's heavyweight donors. Brohm starred at Louisville in Papa John's Stadium, but hasn't been able to find his place in the NFL yet.

Maybe quarterbacks guru Chan Gailey will be able to unlock Brohm's potential.

"I think if he gets a break, he can do great things," said Schnatter, a Louisville season ticket-holder. "He's just a fundamentally sound athlete. He's a smart guy. I think they way he'll beat you is he'll outsmart you. He's like Peyton Manning that way. He's just smart, strategic.

"He needs to get a shot, a couple big victories under his belt. Then I think you'll see him blossom. He needs a little confidence."

Heading into Brohm's senior season in 2007, ESPN draft tycoon Mel Kiper rated him the best NFL prospect in college football. The Green Bay Packers selected Brohm 46th overall.

The Packers waived him. He went unclaimed and signed on the Packers' practice squad. The Bills plucked him in November. Brohm was Buffalo's third quarterback, but made his first NFL start in the penultimate game because Ryan Fitzpatrick and Trent Edwards were hurt.

"You look at Tim Tebow and wonder how he's going to do in the pros," Schnatter said. "The NFL is so different. You can't project. Those guys are so big and so quick. It changes the whole dynamic."

Later on, I'll try to ask Roger Daltry what he thinks about new Bills defensive coordinator George Edwards.