When Zaven Collins turned the sixteenth total pick of the 2021 NFL Draft and was chosen by the Cardinals, he most likely could not have fairly imagined the state of affairs he’d discover himself in only a few hours later en route to his introductory press convention.
The Cardinals had despatched a private jet to pick up Collins at his residence in Tulsa, Okla. Normal sufficient for a first-round prospect.
What was a bit extra uncommon was that the Cardinals owner Michael Bidwell was the one flying the aircraft.
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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 owner flying to pick up a participant is fairly distinctive.
But Collins appeared to take pleasure in it. On “Good Morning Football,” Collins was requested about his journey with Bidwell, and he had nothing however good issues to say about it.
“Mr. Bidwell came and picked me up and he was laid back and he was just like, ‘Get on and we’ll talk about whatever and you can come up and sit behind the cockpit in this little area, [but] seatbelt in, buckle in,” Collins mentioned. “It was nice. I got to let him talk to me about all the different instruments, talk about all the different stuff with the plan. You know, he’s an intelligent man and he knows so much about everything.”
And how was Bidwell as a pilot? Collins had no complaints about his expertise.
“That was probably one of the smoothest landings I’ve ever had,” Collins mentioned. “He flew us right in, and it was like we were already on the ground. I didn’t even feel the wheels bump. It was crazy. I was like, man, this was just absolutely awesome.”
Collins additionally detailed that Bidwell took him by one among his outdated fields and so they bought permission to financial institution the aircraft there. That’s a reasonably cool further gesture from Bidwell.
It seems like Collins appreciated the chance to get fly with Bidwell because the pilot, so possibly the Cardinals’ owner will make this a convention transferring ahead. If he does, it may very well be one of many cooler draft day perks of changing into a Cardinal.