It only took six years, but Ayoob has earned his sweet payback for losing the starting job to Longshore in back-to-back seasons at Cal. Let’s take a look at the careers of Longshore and Ayoob since their days in Strawberry Canyon.
First of all, we have to watch Ayoob’s mastery of the paper airplane again. The best part has to be the reaction of the paper airplane maker, KRON-TV producer John “The Paper Airplane Guy” Collins. Click here to read the back story behind the video, it’s very interesting.
In reading his comments, Ayoob sounds like a confident man. And he should be. Forget Longshore, Ayoob is already gunning for Aaron Rodgers.
“(Rodgers) may be a little jealous, because I know he’s a very competitive guy,” Ayoob told ESPN.com. “I’d encourage him to fold a plane and see what he can do. I’m sure, as I am jealous of him, he will be jealous of me. He does things on a much grander scale these days, so it’s very cool to see him have all that success.
“But I do have an airplane record on him. I can say that, at least.”
Spot on, Ayoob.
Nate the Not-so-great beat Ayoob for the starting job out of training camp in ’05 only to break his leg after an 8-for-11 start in the season opener. Despite having four NFL players at his disposal (Marshawn, DeSean Jackson, Justin Forsett and Lavelle Hawkins), Ayoob finished with modest totals (49.2 %, 1707 yards, 15 TDs, 14 INTs).
Longshore, a redshirt sophomore, rehabbed and came back to beat Ayoob, a senior, for the starting job again in ’06. Just like that, the mighty Ayoob had fallen, graduating into relative obscurity.
After Cal, Ayoob reportedly played Arena football for three years and was an Arena football announcer. Guess who he works for now? Anchor Steam Brewing Co. The man sells beer for a living, what a legend.
In 2010, Longshore followed his old prep coach to Santa Margarita High School in Southern California to serve as an assistant coach. Then in 2011, Longshore had a short-lived stint with the three-time Arena Bowl Champ San Jose Sabercats. He signed in February and was cut in March.
Nowadays, Nate Longshore’s fan site takes forever to load. Maybe it’s just my internet, but Natelongshore.org is hilariously slow.
Chalk another one up for JoeAyoob.com