If Auburn star Tre Mason really did chase down a squirrel, he would be continuing a new tradition for running backs of War Eagle Nation, and an impressive one at that.
Onterio McCalebb recently signed an undrafted free agent contract with the Cincinnati Bengals. The former Tigers back has a good chance of making the team because of his speed which he showed off both on the football field in The Plains, as well as in between trees.
That’s right, McCalebb allegedly chased down a squirrel himself, and now Mason wants to make it a sort of rite of passage for Auburn running backs apparently.
But here’s the thing: McCalebb automatically became one of the fastest guys in the NFL once he signed on with Cincy, as he runs the 40-yard dash in 4.34 seconds.
Mason, at nearly 200 pounds, outweighs McCalebb by roughly 25 ticks on the weight scale. Was he really able to chase down that squirrel?
If so, well, we feel awful for SEC defenses that have to deal with Mason (who surpassed the 1,000-yard plateau on a bad Auburn team in 2012) — but that being said, McCalebb himself is a little skeptical.
“It’s funny,” McCalebb told AL.com, “but I don’t know if he caught that squirrel or not.”
Of anyone on that team or formerly on it, it’s McCalebb who would know.
Either way, Mason’s got a great new friend in that squirrel. Wonder what he named it?