HUBERT ANYIAM HOPING FOR SECOND CHANCE AT NFL
Hubert Anyiam's pro day wardrobe included a Carolina Panthers shirt worn inside out, a sign of the former Cowboy wide receiver's brief NFL past that he's trying to rekindle.
Anyiam, who finished his OSU career in 2011, has often been hampered by injuries. That bad luck continued in the NFL when, after a brief stint in camp with the San Diego Chargers, Anyiam was waived by the Panthers in August following a hamstring injury.
So Anyiam came back to Stillwater, taking advantage of OSU's facilities and coaches during the training process. He said he's finally back to 100 percent healthy, and it showed with the day's best 40-yard dash time of 4.48 seconds.
He hopes that all leads to another shot at the NFL.
“I just feel like it's going to be a good journey this time,” Anyiam said. “…I wasn't about to give up over no injury. Unless a doctor told me to stop playing, that was the only way I was going to stop playing.
“If it's just a surgery here and the doctor told me I can get back to 100 percent and keep playing the sport I love, I'm gonna keep doing it. I feel like it's worth it in my head.”
*Scouts from 25 NFL teams attended Tuesday's workouts. One was Hall of Famer “Mean Joe” Greene, the former anchor of Pittsburgh's Steel Curtain defense.
*Doug Meacham, the former OSU inside receivers coach who was hired as Houston's offensive coordinator in January, was in attendance. So was new Cowboys' defensive backs coach Tim Duffie.
*Offensive lineman Lane Taylor earned one of the biggest applauses of the day when he completed 31 bench press reps of 225 pounds.