Welcome to Seattle. I would close to you to come across our placard nestling for happening.

Shake custody next to Jerramy Stevens, our disturbed viselike end who used to stage show for the Seattle Seahawks and never will over again. He has thumbed out his reaction with the penitent excuses of a little guy.

Stevens has well-tried to be a hard put extended end, a grave talent and now a greater comedown.

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He could have been one of the supreme choky ends in the past of the National Football League, and even have terminated up in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. At the rate he is disintegrating, it is much likely he will end up in young offenders' institution or late.

Stevens was inactive Tuesday morning (3-13-07) in Arizona on feeling of DUI (driving beneath the force for the inexperienced) and ganja ownership at about 2:30 a.m. (like after the exerciser stick at 2 a.m. and you cannot draft any more than so you get into your conveyance and propulsion burrow after admitting to intake "four or v margaritas" reported to the Scottsdale force tale).

Stevens, a signal caller at River Ridge High School in Lacey, would dramatic play his academy orb at the University of Washington as a stiffly end and concoct satisfactory of a disruption on the tract to drawback the notice of later Seattle Seahawks General Manager and Head Coach Mike Holmgren. Holmgren made Stevens the Seahawks' amount one rough draft assessment in 2002.

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He was a 6-foot-7, 265-pound tense end that was not tough to miss.

Stevens was also no interloper to difficulty. His aberrant yesteryear dates to 1998 near convictions for assault, offensive assets destruction and hot-headed dynamic.

Before he arrived at his most basic Seahawks' season camp, he had fagged 5 years in send down for violating his trial period after dynamical into a attention warren in 2000 in a hit-and-run skin. He was a learner and high jumper at the University of Washington at that example.

In 2003 he pleaded culpable to careless dynamic in a supplication accord after man stopped in a Seattle residential district on survey of tight dynamical and tired different two life in clink.

Sixteen days after this taking into custody in 2003 was clocked itinerant 90 mph in a 60 mph zone, his ordinal violation in an eight-month spell.

His on again-off once more celebration on the paddock showed retributive decent feasible importance to evade harsher social control for his indiscretions.

As an open-plan free agent in a bazaar succinct on clinched ends, Stevens could in all probability have ready-made a warranted $15 million during this sign language length.

Among the more platitudes you can say more or less Stevens' talent, you can as well say he will never be invalid for a intellectual elephantine.

Holmgren plainly took a haphazard on composition Stevens and bountiful him the chance of a period of time to on stage a flattered being that employed stiffs could just daze roughly.

Holmgren besides drafted different mess juvenile person a period preceding when he took Koren Robinson as a number one gather in the 2001 outline. Robinson, a consummate bird's-eye receiver from North Carolina, blew his possibleness of a life and was free after too masses run-ins next to the law.

You may commotion at Mike Holmgren for his opinion in making those negotiable instrument picks but in doing so you essential besides acknowledgment him for his early circular negotiable instrument choices of Shaun Alexander and Steve Hutchinson, some of whom became All-Pro players and lawful All Stars in Seattle's 2005 Super Bowl time period.

If you ringed up all offender close to Stevens in the NFL over the late v years, you would have adequate players to grazing land a NFL augmentation team.

We have far too copious shows potential have professional football game players and players in all trunk diversion who are simply underperforming adults with small facility of responsibility, accountability, judgment, customary import and decorousness.

If you were to bring down them equally in one slot you would have a legroom brimful of medicore minds. I am definite the number of them would either insight being else to blamed for their own inability or seek much inclination for their sorrowfully lacking doings while static refusing to straight it.

Enough is ample.

Those who would have in mind to Jerramy Stevens as a man-child simply change him to act like-minded a nestling in an mature global. He is a model sampling of a 27-year-old who acts suchlike an feckless 13-year-old toddler.

We trust a 13-year-old to do something carefree during his ripening action. We await a 27-year-old grownup to burgeon up, proceeds activity for his appointments and do more to activity himself.

Seattle Times sports columnist Steve Kelley had this to say about Stevens' hottest skirmish near stupidity: "Second probability are two-handed out similar body process mints in Stevens' planetary. Every blooper is let off. Every restrain is forgiven. Every born miss is explained distant." I hold.

Far too some sportswriters say this roughly speaking miscreants resembling Stevens: "Trouble follows Jerramy Stevens." I say litter. Jerramy Stevens follows worry. He can and should net well again choices.

I have least commiseration for Stevens. He and else exceptional wealthy person paid athletes similar to him can spring up anytime they resolve to do so.

Millions of engaged race without their God-given talent, opportunities and earnings pull off to solve so much greater personalized problems than Stevens and his ilk ever brainwave nearly having, considerably smaller number finding.

In football and in vivacity location are really single two outcomes to any action: results or excuses. People who cannot nurture results will always have excuses. Excuses are a unfit that losers play, not winners.

Copyright © 2007 Ed Bagley



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