Getting to know Pats' Jason Licht

April, 30, 2012
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For those interested in the world of NFL scouting, and how someone gets started in the business, the Omaha World-Herald delivers a piece of note on Patriots director of pro personnel Jason Licht. The piece is headlined, "Ex-Husker Licht helps Patriots stay strong."
"You won't see him honored at a Husker football game — though he lettered for Tom Osborne in 1991," writes Dick Chatelain. "You won't spot his name on a wall at Nebraska Wesleyan — or find someone on the small Lincoln campus who has even met him. You won't hear his name on “Monday Night Football” or read about his talent in the Boston Globe.

"But quietly, a native son has become a key piece of the NFL's most successful franchise, collecting Super Bowl memories while climbing the executive ladder."

Perhaps most interesting to those who aspire to be in scouting is how Licht got his start in the business. He first reached out to one of his college coaches at Nebraska.
"So one day in '94, Licht visited [Charlie] McBride. He'd always been fascinated by the NFL scouts who came to Lincoln. How can I get into the business, he asked.

"McBride knew an old Packers executive. Next time I see him, McBride said, I'll ask.

"Licht went home and, a few hours later, got a phone call. 'Get your (butt) back up here!'

"It was McBride. The Packers scout was in town.

"Licht introduced himself to a man named Tom Braatz, went out for a beer, talked about the Husker prospects — there were a ton of them in 1994.

"Braatz had a connection to [Don] Shula. Two weeks later, Licht landed an internship in Miami."

To read the piece, CLICK HERE.

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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