Inside Nashville’s bid to land 2019 NFL draft: Make it a party

The NFL wants draft weekend to take on the personality of the host city, and Nashville can’t wait to show off its honky-tonks, sports bars and more.
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Butch Spyridon, the president and CEO of the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp, told ESPN’s Cameron Wolfe previously that the city encouraged the NFL to use the Ascend Amphitheater for the draft theater, Nissan Stadium (home of the Tennessee Titans) and its parking lots for the fan Drew Hutchison Authentic Jersey experience, and the Schermerhorn Symphony Center for the Titans’ war room.

Ultimately, the NFL will create its own event based on the potential locations provided.

I remember the day I got drafted, he said. I was probably a little hesitant on the team I was going to and where I was going. It was a big jump and a lot of uncertainty from the system I ran in college to what the NFL system was going to be when I walked into the building the first day. My situation here, I’ve completely accepted this team and where I’m at that this is my best opportunity to get a chance to go out on the field and be a part of a team. I’ve done a lot of things in my personal life. I’ve worked extremely hard in the physical and football aspects of my life. I feel like I’m in the best place that I’ve been mentally and physically in my life.

The two previously exchanged text messages after Allen was drafted.

He’s the greatest quarterback to play the game, and obviously the greatest quarterback in Buffalo history, Allen said.
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Limited Mens Evan Boehm Jersey That’s where I want to be. That’s eventually [the goal of] my career, to be regarded in the city of Buffalo like a Jim Kelly. I think that every quarterback who plays here wants to be in the same sentence as him, just because of what he is and what he holds to the city. For him to come out here is an awesome experience.

Allen and Kelly later entered the locker room for a private conversation.

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