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NFL Network Brings Back Leon Sandcastle To Promote Upcoming Draft Coverage

Sandcastle appeared on the NFL Network on Monday alongside host Andrew Siciliano
Building on his initial appearance during a Super Bowl spot, fictional football player Leon Sandcastle -- played by NFL Network’s Deion Sanders -- appeared on “NFL Total Access” Monday wearing his trademark large afro and bushy mustache. NFL Net’s Andrew Siciliano playfully said there was “basically breaking news” that Sandcastle would be the "first overall pick" in this year’s NFL Draft. Siciliano: “Truly, truly amazing news.” Siciliano asked Sandcastle when he got the news that he would be the No. 1 pick. Sandcastle: “I got the news when I was born. ... You're just realizing it now.” Siciliano: “Leon, you have said on Twitter that teams don't interview you, you interview teams. Will you accept the first overall pick?” Sandcastle: “(Chiefs coach) Andy Reid did a great job in his interview with Leon. I asked him some tough questions and why he left Philly so abruptly and he responded well. So I really feel good about Andy.” Siciliano asked, “How difficult will these contract negotiations be? Do you have any demands? Do you want to go to training camp?” Sandcastle: “Leon don't do training camps and yes, I have a lot of demands. My demands have nothing to do with football. It's all about lifestyle. Leon has a comfortable lifestyle that he must maintain.” Sandcastle added, “The last time a team wrote Leon a check, the bank bounced.” Siciliano asked for Sandcastle's reaction to former Notre Dame LB Manti Te'o declining the NFL's invitation to attend the draft. Sandcastle: "Te'o is afraid of what may happen on draft day. Leon ain't afraid of nothing. As a matter of fact, if Leon does not go first, Leon will get up and walk out.” Siciliano: “Have you started negotiating yet?” Sandcastle: “I never stopped” (“NFL Total Access,” NFLN, 4/1).
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