Many stories and videos, most notably HBOs Hard Knocks series, have been devoted to capturing the emotion of a NFL player getting cut.
The Kansas City Star
But the first-person account that new Chiefs defensive end Austen Lane gave to Peter Kings MMQB website on Sports Illustrated may be the closest thing to being in the room.
The Chiefs claimed Lane off waivers on June 14, a day after he was cut by the Jacksonville Jaguars on the last day of their offseason training program.
Lanes SI story describes a the start of normal practice day. Making a playlist for the drive in to work. Breakfast: a protein shake, four scrambled eggs with ham, a bowl of oatmeal, two orange juices, and three strips of bacon. Reviewing the playbook. Talking to teammates.
Then a scout taps Lane on the shoulder and hes shuffled to general manager Dave Caldwells office.
Heres Lanes account of what happened next:
Austen, the general manager says, looking me in the eyes. We are releasing you.
Cue numbness. A verbal lobotomy. Thats what the words We are releasing you feel like. I just sit, nodding my head like a human vegetable, saying nothing. Some sentences seep into my consciousness.
Youre a great player.
We just cant see you fitting the system.
Youll get a shot on another team.
The rest gibberish.
Then Lane packs up his locker he forgets a pair of shoes and holds back tears.
I look around at the vacant lockers and feel a single tear drip down my cheek, Lane writes. A new emotion hits me, one I cant even name. Here I am trying to get out of the stadium as quickly as possible, but at the same time I feel like going as slowly as possible because this is last time I will ever be here. I want to abandon but cherish this moment, all at the same time.
Read the whole story here.