August 10, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; Arizona Rattlers wide receiver Maurice Purify (2) breaks a tackle and runs for a touchdown past Philadelphia Soul defensive back Kent Richardson (9) in ArenaBowl XXV at the New Orleans Arena. The Arizona Rattlers defeated the Philadelphia Soul 72-54. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
That’s Maurice Purify. He plays wide receiver for the Arizona Rattlers of the Arena football League, but there was a time when the former Nebraska Cornhusker dawned Bengals stripes, and though his time in the NFL was short, he certainly left a lasting impression.
At least, he certainly did on Roy Williams:
Purify was an undrafted free agent that the Bengals signed following the 2008 NFL draft. He spent time on the practice squad during his two seasons with the Bengals, with a stint on the 53-man roster primarily playing special teams.
After his NFL career ended following his release, Purify then took his talents to the Georgia Force, where he earned Rookie of the Year and Breakout Player of the Year honors with 129 receptions for 1,650 yards receiving and 46 touchdowns.
Last year, Purify helped lead the Rattlers to an Arena Bowl victory over the Philadelphia Soul.
But it was his one shining moment on Hard Knocks that we will forever remember him for.
The Bengals take the field today for just their third training camp practice, but head coach Marvin Lewis isn’t wasting any time getting his team re-acclimated with the Oklahoma Drill, the greatest five seconds of glory you’ll see in an NFL in training camp.
Terence Newman admitted he can’t wait to see James Harrison, often regard as one of the NFL’s fiercest players, take part in the drill:
"It will be fun to watch No. 92 over here, a little pit bull. They’re going to take his leash off and let him go bark at a couple people, so it will be interesting to watch. I’m going to lobby just to watch the Oklahoma Drill, stay out of his section and watch what goes on over there. That dude is strong. He’s tough. He’s got Kevlar in his helmet. That’s how hard he hits."