Kliff Kingsbury addresses how palatial home became talk of 2020 NFL Draft
There were no shortage of interesting moments that arose out of the unprecedented all-virtual 2020 NFL Draft, but the luxurious home that provided the backdrop to Arizona Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury’s remote setup may have been the most buzzworthy.
Addressing how his palatial homestead became the talk of the draft during an appearance on NFL Network’s “Good Morning Football,” Kingsbury admitted to being aware people would surely take notice of how he conducted the draft in the lap of luxury. To wit:
#Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury view of the draft. pic.twitter.com/rcxgbBzKYZ— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) April 24, 2020
However, the Cardinals coach did concede one component of the setup was the definition of laying it on a little thick. In fact, Kingsbury all but admitted the entire scene was meticulously staged.
Sound on 🔊— Cameron Cox (@CamCox12) August 5, 2020
On @gmfb, #AZCardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury finally admits his draft night photo was always going to “super extra.”
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“Going into it I knew I was going to be super extra in the picture,” Kingsbury said. “I do think the fire — it was 100 degrees and sunny — was a bit much, but I laid four phones on the table because the NFL gave us a couple … all the screens, I just wanted to make it as extra as possible, and it turned out good. It made for fun.”
Kingsbury went on to add that NFL protocol established due to the coronavirus pandemic for the remote draft prevented him from making the scene even more over-the-top.
“The NFL only allowed us to have one person at the house or I might’ve had some people on the float swans in the back, or a DJ, really doing it big,” Kingsbury said. “There’s always next year, hopefully.”
Even without taking things to an absurd level, it goes without saying Kingsbury’s beautiful home was one of the most notable aspects of an NFL draft unlike any other that preceded it.