ORLANDO, Fla. — Marvin Austin kept mostly a low profile in the practice sessions leading up to the East-West Shrine Game.
After sitting out this past season following his involvement in the agent scandal that rocked North Carolina’s football program, he had a lot to prove Saturday in the annual showcase for college seniors.
So grabbing a late-game fumble recovery for a touchdown to punctuate a 25-8 victory for the East over the West more than made his week in Orlando worthwhile.
“I sat the whole season out. Everybody knows it,” Austin said. “People thought I was going to feel sorry for myself. A lot of people talk about my talent. They don’t see the work I put in to try to be the best. They (the NFL) say they just want me to be confident and keep playing hard.”