Football can't be that easy of a game. It just can't be. It takes too much time and preparation to be successful.
It can take years to make it. Literally. Years.
But maybe the Green Bay Packers are on to something. Maybe former Duke point guard Greg Paulus can still heave the pigskin with the same precision as he did as a record-setting quarterback in New York.
Maybe that is why the Packers worked out Paulus. (An NFL source told profootballtalk.com.)
Paulus WAS a highly recruited quarterback coming out of high school, with offers from Notre Dame to the University of Miami, but opted to sport shorts for Duke.
Paulus WAS the Gatorade Football Player of the Year. (Paul and Minnesota Twins star catcher Joe Mauer are the only two winners not to play football).
But Paulus doesn't really have the ideal size NFL scouts are looking for - nor the experience for that matter.
It boggles the mind, really. Was Paulus that good - that amazing and awe-inspiring - at Christian Brothers Academy to warrant a workout? At least, Chad Hutchinson (Stanford) and Drew Henson (Michigan) played football at the college level, before giving up baseball and getting their shots in the NFL.
Without question, basketball, in some shape or form, helped launch the careers of some players. Tony Gonzalez and Antonio Gates are prime examples, as everyone knows.
Could Paulus have picked something up running the point for the Blue Devils - arguably college basketball's most hated team - that would make him, at best, a serviceable backup quarterback in the NFL? Maybe.
Could he be the next Koy Detmer? Maybe.
Of all positions, however, quarterback is the most scrutinized. Just ask current Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who had the luxury of taking over for Brett Favre.
It takes more than raw talent (Michael Vick), college credentials (Ryan Leaf) or potential (Cade McNown) to succeed.
No doubt, Paulus was a solid basketball player at Duke. But he wasn't exactly Bobby Hurley - or Charlie Ward - either.
Should he have stuck with football? Maybe. But since when does a "maybe" merit a second chance?
Wait ... sorry, this is the NFL. Maybe this blog should have been about how far some teams will go to find a quarterback.