The moment Ashtyn Davis had waited for his whole life was dimmed slightly by an off-color comment from ESPN's Trey Wingo.
When the New York Jets selected the Cal safety and Santa Cruz native with the No. 68 overall pick Friday night, the NFL draft host provided this intro with the analysis of the pick.
"OK, this is a fascinating pick because Ashtyn Davis has been referred to by [NBC Sports analyst] Peter King, among other people, as the mystery man in this draft. What is he?" Wingo said. "His hometown is Santa Cruz, California, which is known for two things -- surfers and smoking weed. Ashtyn Davis says I don't do either one of those things."
Not only did it highlight an overused cliché about the famous Bay Area surf town, but it also was unfortunate, considering that Davis' dad, Sean, had a drug problem, which resulted in a rehab stint.
It's unclear if Wingo knew about Sean Davis' past, or how that comment might sound to people who know the story.
NBC Sports Bay Area's Dalton Johnson profiled Ashtyn earlier in April, and he has a fascinating backstory.
Davis was a zero-star recruit at Santa Cruz High School, and only when he started running track did college programs take notice.
“I’d say my senior year of high school was the first year I took track seriously,” Davis told Johnson. “I had no football offers, and I wanted to get somewhere to continue playing football, and I was slowly realizing that track might be the only way that was gonna get done, so that’s when I started to take it serious in my senior year of high school and was fortunate enough to make it to the state meet.”
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During the 2014 CIF State Track and Field Championships, Davis' coach introduced him to college coaches, and he came away with offers to Cal Poly, UCSB, Washington and Cal.
So, how did Davis go from running track and field to playing football at Cal? You can read Johnson's full profile here to find out.
Instead of making a joke about drugs, Wingo should have been telling the story of a zero-star recruiting being picked in the third round of the NFL draft.