That being said, I about fell out of bed when I heard Jones brought former Titans bad boy Pacman Jones (no relation) to speak to his players.
I would think Butch could have found a former player with a more inspiring message for college players. Pacman Jones was an out of control NFL player who came up on the mean streets of Atlanta.
Once he became a first round draft pick of the Titans and got more money than he ever dreamed of, he thought he was bulletproof. He ran with the wrong crowd. He went through $12 million in three or four years. He was arrested a number of times and was charged in a Las Vegas court after a bouncer at a strip club was shot and paralyzed for life from the waist down after shots rang out just outside the club. Jones was thought to have played a part in the shooting.
Other NFL players have grown up in bad, maybe worse, conditions than those Pacman grew up in. Unlike Pacman, a lot of those players listened when older, wiser players impressed on them the importance of changing their lifestyle.
Only when Pacman saw his money and career coming to the end, did he turn over a new leaf. He is in the winter of his career as a part-time starter in Cincinnati. He will never get the money back he blew.
And sources I trust have told me that we don’t know half of the illegal things Pacman did while with the Titans, things that never were reported in the media.
Pacman Jones never paid attention when NFL players tried to mentor him. If they’re smart, Tennessee players will avoid the road Pacman Jones chose.
The oldest of seven children, Freeman grew up in the Pork ‘N Beans projects in Miami’s Liberty City area. It doesn’t get any worse than that.
Freeman was supporting his family when he was 13 years old. He held down three jobs – cutting grass, working at a car wash and funeral home. He got to see many of his friends at the funeral home, those whose life was cut short by gang banging.
He got involved in youth football and his Pop Warner coach was Luther Campbell, leader of the rap group 2 Live Crew. Campbell became his mentor and father figure.
While Freeman always wanted to play at Miami, it was FSU Coach Jimbo Fisher, who fell in love with the undersized, but tough, running back.
Falcons Coach Mike Smith loves underdog players who grew up tough. He got the perfect pick in Freeman.
The Browns have drafted three QBs in the No 22 slot. Manziel, Brandon Weeden and Brady Quinn all went 22 in the first rounds.
Two are considered busts to this point. Manziel will have to prove the Browns made the right choice. One thing about Manziel: He creates a lot of buzz wherever he goes, on and off the field. Can he stand the physical punishment he will receive at the NFL level? That’s the question that will take time to be answered.
Not surprising, former Green Bay quarterback Brett Favre is high on Manziel.
“I think he is the best playmaker in the draft,’’ Favre said.
Favre also rated his three top offensive left tackles. They were drafted in the order he predicted – Auburn’s Greg Robinson, Texas A&M’s Jake Matthews and the Titans first pick, Michigan’s Taylor Lewan.
Wilson Post sports editor Tommy Bryan reported that Wilson has joined the staff at Mount Juliet Christian Academy. Wilson will coach defensive backs on the staff of recently hired head coach, Dan Davis.
Having covered that PGA Tour stop several times, I found Cannon to not only be one of the most capable pro golf tournament directors, he bent over backwards to make sure those media types covering the tournament had everything they needed. It didn’t matter to Phil how large, or small, your media outlet was, all you had to do was ask and Phil would make it happen.
He was funny. He was serious when he had to be. He was one of the good guys. He will also battle this disease with courage and honor and fight the good fight.
Even though most draft experts projected Matthews to be drafted in the top half of the second round, he considered it an honor to take his family to New York City for a once in a lifetime experience.
The Philadelphia Eagles not only got a wide receiver I predict will be a quality starter for them, but they got one of the highest character guys in the draft. There were six wide receivers taken before Matthews. I suspect he wrote their names down for future reference.
Dependable is the adjective I think best fits Matthews, who was a two-star recruit out of Madison (Ala.) Academy. Vanderbilt was the only college to offer him a scholarship. Vanderbilt coaches Bobby Johnson and Robbie Caldwell recruited Matthews and Caldwell signed him when Johnson retired.
Richardson had all the potential and the measureables, but he underachieved in college. Miami took Jones with the No. 19 pick in the draft.
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