INDIANAPOLIS – LSUs Patrick Peterson and Nebraskas Prince Amukamara met at an awards show in December, and theyve been friendly rivals ever since.
Both were finalists for the Thorpe Award for best collegiate defensive back, and now, the two are battling to be the first cornerback taken in the NFL draft. Theyll take their competition to the field when they go through drills Tuesday at the NFL Scouting Combine.
Peterson called Amukamara a tremendous athlete.
Me and Prince, were definitely tight, he said. We met up in Orlando and we exchanged numbers. Hes excited, and Im excited, to perform, and for April 28.
The respect is mutual.
Patrick Peterson is an amazing player, and whatever attention or notoriety hes getting, he deserves, Amukamara said.
Peterson and Amukamara are similar – big 6-foot corners who got limited chances at interceptions last season while teams avoided throwing toward them. Peterson weighs 219 pounds and Amukamara weighs 206.
Peterson, who won the Thorpe Award and the Bednarik Award for the nations best defensive player, left school after his breakout junior year. He had 42 tackles, six pass breakups and four interceptions.
Amukamara was chosen Big 12 defensive player of the year. He helped the Huskers rank in the top 10 nationally in pass efficiency defense, passing yards allowed, scoring defense and total defense.
Bears let DT Harris go
The Chicago Bears released veteran defensive tackle Tommie Harris, cutting a three-time Pro Bowl pick who had struggled in recent years because of injuries.
The Bears also released linebacker Hunter Hillenmeyer and offensive tackle Kevin Shaffer.
Harris had signed a four-year, $40 million extension in June 2008, but the Bears cut him after several ineffective seasons.
Summerall to receive award
Longtime NFL announcer Pat Summerall will receive the Vin Scully Lifetime Achievement Award in Sports Broadcasting.
The former NFL kicker and tight end with the New York Giants and Chicago Cardinals will receive the award May 2 in New York.
After his playing days, Summeralls broadcasting career spanned six decades, mostly as a partner with John Madden in NFL games. Summerall is a member of the American Sportscasters Association Hall of Fame.
The award is named for the longtime Dodgers broadcaster, who won the Frick Award in 1982.