Brian Brohm doesn't have an invitation to an NFL training camp, but he's not ready to play in Canada yet.
LOUISVILLE (WDRB) -- No, Brian Brohm has not unplugged his pursuit of playing quarterback in the National Football League.
He does not have an invitation to training camp this month, at least not yet. He tracks the NFL transactions every day.
Ask him to name the quarterbacks on every NFL roster. The top three guys in Chicago. Cutler, Campbell, McCown. Brohm knows them. San Francisco. Ditto. If he senses a team is about to make a move, Brohm will talk to his agent and ask him to make a call.
"There are definitely guys on NFL rosters who in my mind and probably in other people's minds, I'm a better player than," Brohm said.
"But I'm in that in-between zone when I can't be on somebody's practice squad so I have to find a team that believes in me enough to make me the third quarterback or the backup. "
Check his Twitter profile, @BrianBrohm. He says it all in three crisp words, including the punctuation mark:
Sign me up!
In the last eight months, since the end of the 2011 United Football League season, Brohm has thrown for Detroit, New Orleans and San Francisco. He believes he threw well for the Lions, and that he made only one bad throw in the 45 passes he delivered when he worked out with Randy Moss in New Orleans last March. He threw the ball better than he threw it at the University of Louisville, when Brohm directed the Cardinals to all those wins, including the Orange Bowl victory against Wake Forest on Jan. 2, 2007.
But nobody in the NFL has offered a contract.
The Canadian Football League? There has been interest there. Victor Anderson, Trent Guy and other former Cardinals are playing in Canada. But Brohm, who will be 27 in September, isn't ready to make the two-year commitment to play there. Not yet.
"It's been tough," Brohm said. "It really tests how bad you want to play football. There are some guys at this point would have hung it up and started moving on with whatever else they want to do in life.
"I still feel like I haven't gotten the opportunity to really showcase what I can do at that level. It's going to be tough to get that opportunity. But I'm going to keep trying."
So he waits, hoping to return to the Las Vegas franchise in the United Football League, if that league resurrects itself for another season. It might. But it might not. Do not try visiting the UFL web site. It has been disabled. The league was supposed to announce a realignment plan for 2012 by May, but it remains on hold. There is speculation the UFL might not return until next spring.
Brohm works out. And tries to remain prepared. And believes that another NFL team will give him an opportunity – and when the opportunity arrives he will perform better than he did during the 1 ½ seasons he played with Green Bay and Buffalo.
If you want the Cliff's Notes version of why Brohm has not established himself in the NFL after Green Bay selected him in the second round of the 2008 Draft, it would be this:
Ineffective play stopped him from getting an extended opportunity. Had a short window to produce and didn't.
He says he lost confidence during his first Packers' training camp and started holding the football too long. Be quicker getting rid of it. That's what some coaches say.
Matt Flynn arrived in Green Bay from Louisiana State the same year Brohm arrived from Louisville. Flynn outplayed Brohm in training camp. After last season, Flynn signed a three-year deal with Seattle worth $26 million, with $10 million guaranteed. Brohm is trying to get the same shot Flynn got.
He needs fresh film to show NFL teams. The last clips coaches have of him are from a 2010 Buffalo game against the Jets. Interception. Fumble. Interception. Those were the last three plays. Brian Brohm does not intend for those to be his final three clips.
He conditions with former U of L teammates Eric Wood and Breno Giacomini. He throws with one of his brothers or his uncle, Donnie. Maybe you have seen them at Seneca Park. Or Trinity High School. Or at Iroquois Park.
Guys have made it back the hard way. Warren Moon. Kurt Warner. Jake Delhomme. Joe Theismann. There are others. The odds are ugly. You don't want to dwell on them. But it can happen.
"Right now," Brohm said, "it's just trying to find that right path to go to get back."
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