The NFL's Veteran Combine was supposed to be a great opportunity for football's lost players. The players that the league and its teams had left to waste.
And, for the most part, that is exactly what is happening. The NFL's first openly gay player Michael Sam has taken his chance at the Veteran Combine, and he may even see some action in 2015 due to his strong performance on Sunday.
But for some other, less-profile names, the Veteran Combine may have just ended their career. One particular free agent who believes that this is the case is Michael Bush, formerly of the Chicago Bears and the Oakland Raiders.
The 30-year-old tailback was present at the Veteran Combine on Sunday and went through an array of drills, with the 40-yard dash being one of them.
But just before he was able to be told what his 40-yard-dash time was, Bush was dragged away to speak to reporters at the Combine. The tailback explained that he was thankful "to show people I can still run a little bit."
That was until he was told by one of the reporters that he had clocked an unofficial time of 4.91 seconds in the 40-yard dash. Safe to say Bush was devastated.
"You gotta be (expletive) me. 4.91? There you go, there goes my career," Michael Bush ranted, NFL.com reported.
And despite a reporter's attempt to break the silence, he continued: "Man, stop playing. 4.91? You all just messed it up for me. A 4.91? That's like saying you can come off the bench, and you can come catch me."
For Bush, a running back who didn't even play a game in 2014 and was released on December 5, 2014 by Arizona (just 11 days after signing for the Cardinals), this is probably the end of the road.
The former Bear and Raider even explained that his 40-yard dash time "hurts," adding "To me, I think that's all they look at."