When Zaven Collins turned the sixteenth general decide of the 2021 NFL Draft and was chosen by the Cardinals, he in all probability could not have fairly imagined the state of affairs he’d discover himself in only a few hours later en path to his introductory press convention.
The Cardinals had despatched a non-public jet to choose up Collins at his house in Tulsa, Okla. Regular sufficient for a first-round prospect.
What was a bit extra uncommon was that the Cardinals proprietor Michael Bidwell was the one flying the airplane.
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Bidwell, 56, has had a pilot’s license since he was 19, so he has loads of expertise flying. Nonetheless, an proprietor flying to choose up a participant is fairly distinctive.
However Collins appeared to get pleasure from it. On “Good Morning Soccer,” Collins was requested about his trip with Bidwell, and he had nothing however good issues to say about it.
“Mr. Bidwell got here and picked me up and he was laid again and he was identical to, ‘Get on and we’ll discuss no matter and you may come up and sit behind the cockpit on this little space, [but] seatbelt in, buckle in,” Collins stated. “It was good. I obtained to let him discuss to me about all of the completely different devices, discuss all of the completely different stuff with the plan. You understand, he is an clever man and he is aware of a lot about every little thing.”
And the way was Bidwell as a pilot? Collins had no complaints about his expertise.
“That was in all probability one of many smoothest landings I’ve ever had,” Collins stated. “He flew us proper in, and it was like we had been already on the bottom. I did not even really feel the wheels bump. It was loopy. I used to be like, man, this was simply completely superior.”
Collins additionally detailed that Bidwell took him by considered one of his previous fields and so they obtained permission to financial institution the airplane there. That is a fairly cool further gesture from Bidwell.
It seems like Collins appreciated the chance to get fly with Bidwell because the pilot, so possibly the Cardinals’ proprietor will make this a practice shifting ahead. If he does, it might be one of many cooler draft day perks of turning into a Cardinal.