ON A ZOOM CALL — With much of the U.S. economy shut down as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, it can be hard to find anything worth setting an appointment as scientists, doctors and healthcare workers on the front lines work night and day to combat the virus.
But in the NFL, it’s business as usual.
Well, mostly usual.
The Shield held its annual college draft Thursday through Saturday, with 255 picks across seven rounds over three days. The return to a small measure of normalcy was heavily anticipated by sports fans across the spectrum — and boy, did they show out.
The draft set an all-time record for viewership with 55 million total viewers across the network’s multiple platforms — up 16% from last year, according to ESPN.
The event averaged 8.4 million viewers per day, a 35% jump from the 6.2 million average in 2019.
The numbers were extraordinary, and so were a few of the moments — giving fans and viewers a rare look inside the homes of coaches, general managers and other front-office executives around the league.
Here are a few of our favorites. As always, click the video above for more Great Clips of the Week.
Roger Goodell’s Toosie Slide
A lot of college standouts had their dreams made reality Thursday through Friday.
Many, like Alabama receiver Jared Jeudy, had their wishes granted above and beyond. But Jeudy had one other wish to be granted Thursday night after the Broncos selected him with the No. 15 overall pick.
He wanted to make a Tik Tok — with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, in his basement. Goodell, who has been criticized, mocked and regularly booed at the draft, was happy to oblige with arguably the most robotic Toosie Slide in history.
The video had over 100,000 likes on the NFL’s Tik Tok over the weekend, which is the most liked the commish has been in years.
Kliff Kingsbury’s pad
A lot of homes were shown on the joint broadcast of ESPN and the NFL Network. And a lot of them looked like normal homes, with a kitchen, a living room or an office captured on camera.
Then there was the bachelor pad owned by Arizona Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury.
Kingsbury’s home is a swank $4.5 million venue in Paradise Valley, Arizona, and it was the talk of Twitter from the moment ESPN first showed it.
War Room 2.0 pic.twitter.com/aCh3GYPVCG— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) April 24, 2020
It’s also, apparently, a recruiting tool for the second-year Cardinals coach, according to Arizona general manager Steve Keim.
“Coach has been using FaceTime and showing them his palatial estate and trying to recruit them that way,” Keim told reporters after the draft, “so that should help.”
But if you don’t have $4.5 million to spend on a palatial mansion, there’s still a creative way to feel like Kingsbury.
With Legos, of course.
Pic of the draft right there.
Bill Belichick’s dog
The star of the second and third rounds of the draft Friday was Patriots coach Bill Belichick. Or, to be more specifically, Belichick’s dog.
BELICHICK GAVE THE DOG A TREAT AFTER THE PICK pic.twitter.com/drWifhNiXZ— Bryan Fischer (@BryanDFischer) April 24, 2020
He’s still a good boy.