This story's got "offseason" written all over it. For one thing, it involves four ex-NFL players I've never heard of and would probably never mention if it wasn't an slow June NFL news day. Also, I'd have probably never known about it if I hadn't taken an interest in the world of MMA in my offseason boredom.
"The Ultimate Fighter," SpikeTV's reality show about guys trying to break into the UFC will feature heavyweight fighters next season, and four of them will have NFL experience. They are Marcus Jones, Matt Mitrione, Brendan Schaub, and Al Del Greco.
I'm just kidding. Al Del Greco's not going to be on "The Ultimate Fighter." I just wanted to make sure you were paying attention. The fourth guy is Wes Shivers.
Jones had the most notable NFL career, being drafted as a defensive lineman in the first round by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1996. Being drafted by the Bucs in 1996 meant you got to wear Bucco Bruce on your helmet, so really, anything else that happens in Jones's life is just gravy. He spent six years in the league.
Mitrione was a defensive lineman who spent one year with the Giants, and finished his career with a grand total of two tackles. Wes Shivers spent one year with the Falcons as an offensive tackle. Schaub was with the Buffalo Bills, but never got on the field.
So basically, other than Jones, none of these guys have much more of an NFL pedigree than Brock Lesnar, who was one of the last cuts the Vikings made for the 2005 season. Lesnar's doing okay for himself in the UFC.
The show debuts on September 16th, and will also feature Kimbo Slice.