Posted February 23, 2014

RB Adam Muema leaves NFL combine, citing religous reasons

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Adam Muema is projected to be no higher than a late-round pick. (Kent Horner/Getty Images)

Adam Muema is projected to be no higher than a late-round pick. (Kent Horner/Getty Images)

Running back Adam Muema abruptly left the NFL Scouting Combine on Sunday, citing religious reasons.

The San Diego Union-Tribune’s Michael Gehlken reported Sunday that Muema, the former San Diego State running back, left the combine without competing in afternoon drills at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

In a phone interview with Gehlken, Muema said that he was simply “following God,” who Muema said told him that he’d play for the Seattle Seahawks if he missed workouts at the combine.

“(God) told me to sit down, be quiet, and enjoy the peace,” he told Gehlken. According to the report, NFL teams were informed of Muema’s decision.

Muema is the fourth-leading rusher in San Diego State history. Last season, he carried the ball 256 times for 1,244 yards and 15 touchdowns. He left the school early after completing his junior season.

Muema was widely projected to be no higher than a late-round pick.


63 comments
cgower
cgower

What kind of god is it that cares so much about American football?  Shouldn't he have more important things to worry about? 

rma101560
rma101560

Maybe he really doesn't want to play or really thinks that God doesn't want him to play.

BigDude619
BigDude619

Sounds like Adam's head needs to hit the reset button or he may not be completely into football anymore. This essentially insures that its rookie free agency or bust. Real shame cause the kid can play. Enjoyed his 3 years on the Mesa helping the program get back on stable ground.

unitcaptain11
unitcaptain11

This is straight-up mental illness.  This young man claims to communicate with God through numbers.


Some of you are over thinking it. This kid is sick in the head, not trying to be clever.

J Taylor
J Taylor

Couldn't handle the pressure, expected subpar results and quit. - Truly sad.

In his mind,it's better to make an excuse than perform. And most GM's will think, "Is he going to do this same "God stunt" in the NFL and miss a game?"

Forget the lack of athletic metrics, this kid just failed his personality test without having taken it.



chris92021
chris92021

You have to admit that this was one way to get the spotlight off Clowney and Manziel. At least the average fan knows of Adam Muema, not just San Diego State grads like me. 

bdelander
bdelander

He didn't leave the combine for "religious reasons." He left because he is bat-sh!t crazy ... anyone who believes God spoke to them is.

chris92021
chris92021

One of these days, I would really like God to just show up and say, "no I didn't!" the next time someone does something strange and says God told him/her to do it. 

stagger
stagger

I left my low paying job today, because god told me if I went home I'd be CEO of ExxonMobil. Sitting by the phone. Waiting. Any minute now...

Cool
Cool

I think even Pete Carroll had to read about this and say..."That kid is nuts. Get security his picture and don't let him within a mile of any of our workouts."

JustinParisi
JustinParisi

Then he went home and played with his rattlesnake...

Dandaman7
Dandaman7

Would love to be a fly on the wall of this space cadet's agent's office upon hearing the news.  


If you are hearing voices, it ain't God..........do not pass go, go directly to your neighborhood Shrink.

unitcaptain11
unitcaptain11

Poor kid.  The Seahawks are loaded at running back.  They have Lynch and Turbin, along with Ware and Michael, who didn't even play last season.  The Seahawks don't need him.

Grand_80
Grand_80

I wonder when hes not drafted if he will blame god now?

rentistoohigh
rentistoohigh

Michael Sam heard from GAY...and is still playing.....what kind of piece is that ?

RogerBridges
RogerBridges

proof these idiots do not deserve these big paydays a nut job he wanted to play the pity card like the gay dude wtf are they really that stupid who is advising these idiots you gonna try to tell me they are college educated does not say much for their educations or the institutions that taught them

4Duke
4Duke

needs to get his head checked imo

MrGameandShow
MrGameandShow

Last time we saw a nutjob christian like this. He was drafted by the viking and given a 5.3 million Dollar contract. I believe his name was Dimitrius Underwood.

wetmouse
wetmouse

The combine once again serves its purpose. He has just given himself an "undraftable" grade.

wetmouse
wetmouse

Anyone who claims to hear from a mythical deity is either a charlatan or is mentally ill. And yes, GMs around the league did take note.

BryanCustard
BryanCustard

What happens if God tells him that his team will win the Super Bowl if he does not play in the game, but will lose if he plays?

DEJ1948
DEJ1948

@RogerBridges  Simply too anxious to get his thoughts on the table than to bother with petty encumbrances like caps, punctuation or coherence.

Joebuckster
Joebuckster

@RogerBridges  ...Says the guy with the run on sentence, no punctuation and pedestrian intelligence...

humdrumdrumhumming
humdrumdrumhumming

@wetmouse  


i myself am agnostic..



but, if you're going to be smarmy, and wrong, about something that's so personal to billions of people perhaps you shouldn't be so stupid about it?


your circular logic suggests all deities are mythical -- so there isn't any need for you to be redundant when you're dismissing the possibility of his/her/their/its existence… 


should you, smartahzz?


your smallminded brainfart that's been edited down to twitter length also excludes the possibility that those of deep religious conviction might pray on a subject, ask for guidance (or just meditate if those words bother you)… during those times, over the vast scope of human history, there has always been recording of people doing so, and oftentimes these people find themselves to come to a type of certainty or peace about a decision… 


people who have religious backgrounds often refer to this wonderful sense of clarity as guidance from God, those who aren't so religious may call it "soft thinking" like Einstein, or just serenity…  


you're probably too stupid, or not quite introspective enough to find either… but then again you don't deserve it..


anyway, back to your bihtchslapping...



charlatan, nice word, except your comment above tells us that you're quite certain this is a terrible business decision -- meaning expert charlatans wouldn't have anything to gain by claiming "god told me to"..  (you also left out mentally ill charlatans)


and, oh by the way, Tebow said god told him to do all kinds of things, and he was drafted in the first round… so there goes that theory...


in fact, you can back to when the combine began, or listen to Brees or Russell Wilson's comments after winning the super bowl,  --- and --- you'll find thousands of instances where players said (or claimed, in your derogatory vernacular) that god told them to make certain decisions, or pursue courses of action…



but, you've excluded every other explanation for any player who claims that god "told them to do something" except mental illness.. 


i think if you pay a little closer attention you're going to start thinking an alarming percentage of the NFL is mentally ill, or you're going find a broader understanding of other people's values -- and perhaps you might find some wisdom/respect along the way…   i'd be surprised if any nfl team could field a starting team without bible thumpers in it…


do you know how much NFL scouts love bible thumpers??? that means no drugs, no women, no clubs, no stupidity, just football all the time..



i'm no bible thumper, but i have come to understand the many people of faith draw great strength from their beliefs…


where's your strength from    Twitter?




perhaps you could use some guidance from god, or at least some meditation…





you charlatan huckster trying to sell that snake oil…


come back when you're all growed up...

Michael39
Michael39

@BryanCustard  

Considering that he often tweets out the words of a person claiming to be the second coming of Jesus, that is a legitimate concern for teams.  His religious beliefs are his own concern, but when his behavior is erratic, teams have a right to be wary.

Cool
Cool

@humdrumdrumhumming @wetmouse  gawd I hate long winded people who think they can save the world with their long drawn out comments.  I think this dude probably stares at himself in the mirror a bit longer than most people.

sjaudey
sjaudey

@humdrumdrumhumming I don't say this to a lot of people but I really hope you die before you taint the rest of the gene pool

tom.aikins
tom.aikins

@humdrumdrumhumming @wetmouse  Anybody that has ANY kind of supernatural entity talking to him is a nutjob. People who hear voices inside their head are regularly put into institutions. This guy said god told him to do something, implying that he heard something.

bdelander
bdelander

@HaroldKnuttz @humdrumdrumhumming 

Really? Sounded like nonsense to me. People claiming to "hear" from a god are crazy, end of story. Humdrum can drone on, call people names, and rant all day long ... doesn't change the fact of the matter.

Michael39
Michael39

@Joebuckster @Shortofbrillant @humdrumdrumhumming  


No, he just had a bigger breakfast to waste writing than the other guy did.  Your post is a bit long to be calling someone else out for not being succinct, especially since ALL you did was insult the other guy.

Joebuckster
Joebuckster

@Shortofbrillant @humdrumdrumhumming  I'd say it's just some self-congratulatory, mental masturbatory thesis on wasting your time responding to a random comment by someone eating their breakfast by their computer. I bet you'll keep the tab open all day, returning to it and re-reading it and thinking to yourself "wow, I really taught him something today" (with a self-satisfied, smug grin). Trust me, you revealed your respective intellectual shortcomings to those more intelligent than you in your rambling rebuttal. Try to be more succinct next time. I'll never get those 20 seconds back unfortunately...

DEJ1948
DEJ1948

@Michael39 @tom.aikins @humdrumdrumhumming @wetmouse   Here are some numbers that Mr. Muema might want to consider.  


First, seven, as in the seven rounds of the NFL draft during which you will NOT hear your name mentioned.  


Second, zero, as in the amount of money you'll wind up earning during your pro football career.  


And, third, four; the number you should have kept for your senior season at San Diego State, time you could have spent trying to sort out the voices you're hearing in your head.  

Michael39
Michael39

@tom.aikins @humdrumdrumhumming @wetmouse  


Actually, he believes that God communicates with him through numbers (I read the source article).  He is clearly not in a mainstream religion and such unpredictability is what will hurt his draft stock, not his religious convictions.  You seem to be getting along OK as a fanatical religious zealot.