April 23, 2021
BY Lance Cartelli

NFL Draft Hugs Are Back, Baby

The coronavirus pandemic has taken a lot from sports fans. 

Last year's March Madness was canceled, fans weren't allowed to attend sporting events and, arguably most importantly, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell couldn't hug players who were just selected in the draft. 

But that's about to change. 

Now that the commish has been fully vaccinated, the incredibly awkward tradition of draft hugs are making their triumphant return for the 2021 NFL Draft, the league said on a conference call Friday.

NFL draft hugs, since their inception, have felt forced — but it does add some entertainment to an event where a guy just reads names off an index card every few minutes. 

Some of these bro hugs are great, like this one with the mountain of a man Danny Shelton.

Others can be extremely bizarre — like the time Dontari Poe and Goodell nearly kissed. 

The now annual tradition is believed to have started back at the 2010 NFL Draft when the Buccaneers selected Gerald McCoy with the No. 3 overall selection. He then bear-hugged the commish. 

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