Archive for Sunday, April 21, 1996


April 21, 1996


The wait is over for Dorian Brew, but Kansas University's other professional football hopefuls remained in limbo after Saturday's first day of the two-day NFL draft.

Brew, a cornerback from St. Louis, was selected by the Miami Dolphins in the third round with the 79th overall pick.

"It's been a long day," Brew said Saturday night from his childhood St. Louis home, where he watched the proceedings on TV surrounded by family and friends. "We've been in and out, acting silly."

Until the phone rang, of course, and Dolphins head coach Jimmy Johnson asked to speak to his new corner.

"I'm really happy," Brew said. "I was thinking I might go more like the second or early in the third round. I was hoping I'd go earlier. But I was just hoping I'd go before the day was out. Nothing's for sure. It's a big day in my life, that's for sure, the biggest in determining my future. I'm happy it worked out like this."

Brew, an all-Big Eight corner his senior season, led the Jayhawks with four interceptions last fall and a KU single-season record 18 passes broken up. He also had 48 total tackles and a sack.

He was one of five members of last fall's surprising 10-2 team who attended the NFL combine in February. The other four Jayhawks -- offensive tackle Rod Jones, offensive guard Chris Banks, running back L.T. Levine and punter Darrin Simmons -- were passed over on the draft's first day.

"At the combine, I talked to Miami's defensive backs coach," Brew said. "He told me they were looking hard at me, so it was really no surprise. I like Miami, everything about Miami. They always have a good team."

The Dolphins called Brew about 10 minutes before his name was announced on ESPN2. Brew heard his name and missed the Dolphins' pick at No. 80 -- UCLA running back Karim Abdul-Jabbar.

Abdul-Jabbar played on the Bruins team that lost to KU, 51-30, in the Aloha Bowl on Christmas Day.

"I turned it off before they said his name," Brew said. "That's kind of funny. I thought he'd go a lot sooner."

Brew will report to a minicamp that runs Thursday through Sunday in Miami.

"I'm ready to get back to work," Brew said. "I'm ready to go."

The NFL draft will conclude with four more rounds today, beginning at 10 this morning. Cable channels 18 and 37 again will provide live, all-day coverage.

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