This is Matt O'Donnell, football player. We may never see Matt O'Donnell, basketball player.
With the NBA lockout trudging on, it has been decided that Ridiculous Upside will cover football -- particularly NFL free agency -- until the two sides are able to come to an amicable agreement. Media darling Matthew O'Donnell will be the first topic up for discussion, of course.
O'Donnell, a 6-foot-11 big man hailing from Queen's University in Canada, was the talk of the town when he decided to forego a Canadian Football career in order to tryout for the NBA's Boston Celtics. That tryout didn't go all that well, according to sources with knowledge of the workout, but O'Donnell still ended up at a Toronto Raptors workout before ultimately going undrafted in the 2011 NBA Draft.
That seemed like it would be the end of the basketball road for the road-grading lineman and, appparently, it was. Earlier Tuesday, O'Donnell signed with the Cincinnati Bengals, sending him from college to the CFL to the NBA to the NFL in the span of just a few months.
Since SB Nation colleagues Cincy Jungle don't seem to be big believers in O'Donnell making an immediate impact, there's a chance that he might not make it out of training camp. If that happens, God forbid, let's hope he decides to join the NBA Development League just to make sure he holds the record for most different leagues in a rookie season.
The only unfortunate part of this story, as I was telling James Herbert earlier today, is that O'Donnell tried out for the Celtics and Raptors, but not the Portland Trail Blazers (because he's blazing a trail, you see?).