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Carolina Panthers pick the ‘Brooklyn Blur:’ What folks on Twitter are saying


The immediate reaction to the Carolina Panthers picking Ohio State wide receiver/running back Curtis Samuel in the second round of the NFL draft ran mostly positive.

Much of the reaction focused on envisioning Samuel in the Panthers lineup.

The Ohio State Twitter feed referred to Samuel as the “The Brooklyn Blur” on Friday night, a reference to his speed and his home borough in New York.

Samuel is a product of Erasmus Hall in Brooklyn’s Flatbush area. That program produced two members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, former Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis and Chicago Bears quarterback Sid Luckman, though it’s been a long time since those two – Class of 1947 and 1935, respectively – played.

Other famous alumni include two Nobel Prize winners, world chess champion Bobby Fischer (a dropout) and a number of actors and musicans including singers Barbra Streisand and Beverly Sills.

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