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Snyder: Tales of not-so-pleasant Combine memories hardly new

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Artie Burns at the NFL Scouting Combine in 2016. - AP

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – The biggest job interview of their lives is quickly approaching and while former college athletes are scattered across the country working on one 40-yard-dash start after the next, the theme remains the same.

Just get through it.

Athletes will converge on Indianapolis next week for the annual NFL Scouting Combine, an event that’s soared in popularity as fans can now participate in the week-long meat market, getting a chance to watch athletes participate in the bench press and field questions from the media. Who doesn’t enjoy their job interview unfolding in front of a televised and live national audience?

It’s no wonder why the combine is met by participants with equal parts excitement and dread. Players go through the paces of the underwear Olympics in hopes that in the name of sleep deprivation, medical exams, team interviews and on-field workouts, they’ll do enough to impress scouts and general managers . They also can’t help but hope that the finish line is in sight. If this is the price they must pay for fulfilling a life-long dream, so be it.

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