Mister misunderstood

The former Arizona State linebacker is fighting perception and a falling draft stock

Originally Published: April 23, 2012
By Alyssa Roenigk | ESPN The Magazine

VONTAZE BURFICT SITS in a hotel lobby, unable to make eye contact with the man across from him. His hands sweat. His stomach twists so much it hurts. It's the middle of the combine in Indy, and when the annual scouting showcase began, Burfict was considered by many NFL execs to be the top linebacker prospect. "I'd watched the combine on TV," Burfict says. "It felt so important."

Scouts fell in love with him during his Arizona State career because he laid people ...

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