EAST RUTHERFORD - Like a wedding or a graduation, the NFL Draft is an unforgettable event for those players selected. Almost every veteran player can recite where he was, who he was with and who broke the news to him. As the Giants prepare for this year's draft, which is scheduled for April 22-24, several players this week looked back on the day they entered the NFL.
Kevin Boss, TE, Western Oregon, fifth round selection by the Giants in 2007 (153rd overall pick)
Q: Where were you the day you were drafted?
Boss: "I was in my hometown (Philomath, Ore.) at my parents' house. We had a little gathering of my family, my wife, who was my girlfriend at the time, and her mom. One of my best friends at the time was there, too. It was about five or six of us. The first day I knew I wasn't going to go, so I actually went up to my college and watched their spring game. The second day, I woke up early with some nerves and anxiety. I just kind of waited around for the call and stayed patient."
Q: Did you have any idea which team might take you?
Boss: "I kind of had my fingers crossed that I was going to come here, because I had come for a visit and met with Coach Pope (Michael, the tight ends coach). Coach Pope came to work me out at school, so I developed a relationship with him and I was excited about the opportunity to work with him. I was hoping I'd come here, and I was anticipating the fifth or sixth round, so the fifth round was pretty much perfect."
Q: Did you get a call before you saw your name on the television?
Boss: "I got a call and I knew the Giants were going to pick me. What was funny was in the fourth round, they picked (Zak) DeOssie and I knew it was a good sign because I had met him out here on my visit. So I thought maybe I should keep my fingers crossed for that fifth round pick. Sure enough, the phone rang just a couple picks before they were up, and I talked to Coach Coughlin briefly. That was it."
Q: Did you actually see your name?
Boss: "Oh yeah. We did and (wife) Bree was taking pictures of the TV and my family. My brother wasn't there, though. He was playing soccer in Puerto Rico at the time. I went on Skype and talked to him so we saw each other face to face. That was pretty cool."
Q: As you look back now, where does draft day rank among your achievements as an NFL player?
Boss: "I think it's right up there with winning the Super Bowl and the parade. I think it falls right under those in my pro career, because draft day is the beginning of everything. It's what you dream of as a little kid. To not only have the opportunity to be drafted, but to win a Super Bowl that same year, that is pretty special."