I was reading some dispatches from the NFL scouting combine and saw a name that I wasn't familiar with atop the list of fastest throw from a quarterback. I also got an email about Chris Leak scoring poorly on the Wonderlic test and it made reference to the same name. Toby Korrodi of Central Missouri threw the ball at 63 mph, according to the Newark Star-Ledger's notes, so I decided to dig a bit deeper to find out if Korrodi is destined to be the next Johnny Unitas.
Not surprisingly the Kansas City Star comes up first when you consult Senor Google. Randy Covitz has done a great job of profiling the local long shot. Korrodi's story helps, right from the start you've got yourself a helluva hook.
Korrodi, 23, is a father of three whose wife survived a horrific cannon accident on a football field three years ago.
Don't jump to any conclusions, Korrodi's wife has never been involved with Rex Grossman. It's a more conventional cannon accident, if such a thing exists. When Korrodi was at a different Division II school, Northern State, his wife Laura worked in game-day promotions. Like many schools, Northern used a cannon as part of the Saturday festivities and her job was to load the gunpowder. Wind carried a spark into the barrel and the cannon went off causing first and second-degree burns to her face and third-degree burns elsewhere on her body.
She's okay now and the couple have three kids together. Korrodi left Northern State when their coach, Ken Heupel (father of former Oklahoma QB Josh Heupel), retired and found his way to Central Missouri. He starred at Northern, completing a Mineral Water Bowl-record 33 passes for 422 yards in a 36-33 loss to Washburn. The Mineral Water Bowl, for those of you who live under a rock, matches teams from the Northern Sun and Mid-America Intercollegiate Conferences that don't make the Division II playoffs. It's like Excelsior Springs, MO's version of the Humanitarian Bowl, only without the blue turf.
If it's true that Korrodi scored a 12 on the Wonderlic it wouldn't be the first time poor test taking kept him from achieving his dreams. He was All-State as a high schooler in San Antonio but, reports the Star, "didn’t take school too seriously and let his grades slide". He was a resounding success in Division II and ranks fifth all time in touchdowns and eighth in passing yards. It's good that he put up such gaudy numbers and good that he stands 6'4" because the odds are even longer for players from his tier than they are for the average collegian. Only two D-II QB's were on NFL rosters last season - Jon Kitna and Todd Bouman - were on NFL rosters last season.
I'm rooting for the dumb lug, though, and hopefully his performance at the combine gets him drafted. It sounds like it got him noticed, at least, and who couldn't use a feel-good story at the third quarterback.