NFL Prospect Skips Out on Scouting Combine Because God Told Him To

Over the past week, nearly all of the NFL’s top prospects have been in Indiana for the league’s Scouting Combine. It’s a chance for coaches, executives, and other decision-makers to check out what players have to offer in terms of speed and ability before the official NFL draft this coming May.

But Adam Muema, a running back from San Diego State University, didn’t stick around for the Combine. He arrived, but then left on Sunday (without working out) for an intriguing reason:

He said he was “following God,” who told him if he missed workouts, he’d play for the Seattle Seahawks.

Playing for Seattle is his “dream,” Muema said. NFL teams are aware of the decision.

“Can’t go wrong with God,” Muema said.

“(God) told me to sit down, be quiet, and enjoy the peace,” he said.

Funny how God didn’t tell him to break any records while his future bosses were watching…

And I have to wonder how Seahawks coach Pete Carroll would react if Muema ever used that excuse before a game: “Coach, I can’t play today. Jesus told me to sit this one out.”

Muema addressed the controversy yesterday on his Twitter feed (and I dare you to read through his past tweets):


Someone should also remind him it’s probably a bit presumptuous to use as his Twitter profile “|God f1rst| Seahawks #8|” as if he’s already on the team.

Muema is projected to be selected in a later round of the draft, but there’s no guarantee he’s going to Seattle. If I were a coach on that team, I wouldn’t care about any player’s religious beliefs, but I would take very seriously any excuse given by a player as to why he couldn’t show off his skills at a major pre-draft event.

I can’t wait to see what he tweets if and when Seattle (and the rest of the NFL) passes him up. I’ll provide an update when that happens.

(via Bleacher Report)

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the editor of Friendly Atheist, appears on the Atheist Voice channel on YouTube, and co-hosts the uniquely-named Friendly Atheist Podcast. You can read much more about him here.


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