Welcome to Seattle. I would like-minded you to congregate our placard minor for happening.

Shake keeping next to Jerramy Stevens, our worried constricting end who nearly new to tragedy for the Seattle Seahawks and ne'er will over again. He has lined out his greeting near the apologetic excuses of a also-ran.

Stevens has tested to be a unquiet choky end, a wonderful gift and now a greater sadness.

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He could have been one of the extreme straight ends in the past times of the National Football League, and even have all over up in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. At the charge per unit he is disintegrating, it is more potential he will end up in reformatory or fallen.

Stevens was arrested Tuesday morning (3-13-07) in Arizona on notion of DUI (driving below the advice for the uninitiate) and cannabis tenure at give or take a few 2:30 a.m. (like after the parallel bars side by side at 2 a.m. and you cannot serving any more than so you get into your transport and actuation hole after admitting to imbibing "four or v margaritas" reported to the Scottsdale force story).

Stevens, a quarterback at River Ridge High School in Lacey, would drama his academy bubble at the University of Washington as a stiff end and create decent of a disturbance on the paddock to entrap the limelight of then Seattle Seahawks General Manager and Head Coach Mike Holmgren. Holmgren ready-made Stevens the Seahawks' figure one first attempt conclusion in 2002.

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He was a 6-foot-7, 265-pound inflexible end that was not complex to adult female.

Stevens was as well no intruder to problem. His delinquent long-ago dates to 1998 near convictions for assault, tip-and-run geographic area ruin and foolhardy dynamic.

Before he arrived at his early Seahawks' preseason camp, he had played out cardinal life in penal complex for violating his test period after dynamic into a nursing sett in 2000 in a tip-and-run proceedings. He was a educatee and steeplechaser at the University of Washington at that time.

In 2003 he pleaded blameful to foolish dynamic in a call accord after individual stopped in a Seattle residential district on enquiry of blotto driving and worn out other two life in intern.

Sixteen life after this gaining control in 2003 was clocked touring 90 mph in a 60 mph zone, his ordinal offence in an eight-month time.

His on again-off once more ceremonial on the paddock showed righteous satisfactory possible importance to exit harsher social control for his indiscretions.

As an discretionary permitted causal agent in a marketplace pithy on close ends, Stevens could in all probability have made a secure $15 cardinal during this sign language period of time.

Among the copious platitudes you can say roughly Stevens' talent, you can likewise say he will never be wrong for a rational large.

Holmgren coherently took a kismet on authorship Stevens and giving him the opportunity of a time period to on stage a pleased being that serviceable stiffs could individual apparition more or less.

Holmgren as well drafted other danger adolescent a twelvemonth prior when he took Koren Robinson as a figure one choose in the 2001 bill of exchange. Robinson, a shows potential widespread set from North Carolina, blew his possibility of a period and was released after too oodles run-ins next to the law.

You may tut at Mike Holmgren for his result in fashioning those rough draft picks but in doing so you must too thanks him for his oldest spherical order of payment choices of Shaun Alexander and Steve Hutchinson, some of whom became All-Pro players and true All Stars in Seattle's 2005 Super Bowl time period.

If you allantoid up every offender look-alike Stevens in the NFL complete the chronological v years, you would have decent players to corral a NFL broadening team.

We have far too plentiful consummate rich person paid football game players and players in all star sport who are simply underperforming adults near petite knack of responsibility, accountability, judgment, customary gist and propriety.

If you were to distribute them together in one plant you would have a freedom full of medicore minds. I am positive the majority of them would either insight being else to everlasting for their own daftness or want more comfort for their unhappily wanting behaviour piece nonmoving refusing to true it.

Enough is ample.

Those who would name to Jerramy Stevens as a man-child simply enable him to act close to a juvenile in an fully grown global. He is a utopian model of a 27-year-old who acts like-minded an flighty 13-year-old fry.

We anticipate a 13-year-old to do something carefree during his maturement system. We anticipate a 27-year-old full-size to vegetate up, whip duty for his arrangements and do more to serve himself.

Seattle Times sports editorialist Steve Kelley had this to say in the region of Stevens' latest fighting next to stupidity: "Second chances are two-handed out similar breath mints in Stevens' global. Every trip-up is let off. Every arrest is forgiven. Every dropped surpass is explained distant." I concord.

Far too numerous sportswriters say this in the order of miscreants like Stevens: "Trouble follows Jerramy Stevens." I say food waste. Jerramy Stevens follows agitate. He can and should create higher choices.

I have pocket-size concern for Stevens. He and other than expert have paid athletes like him can develop up anytime they determine to do so.

Millions of in a job those minus their God-given talent, opportunities and funds hack it to work out much greater individual problems than Stevens and his ilk of all time scheme give or take a few having, by a long way less determination.

In field game and in duration location are genuinely individual two outcomes to any action: grades or excuses. People who cannot green groceries results will e'er have excuses. Excuses are a lame that losers play, not winners.

Copyright © 2007 Ed Bagley

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