Dropping the ball

Star running back wasted the opportunities his talent provided

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National Football League rookies were warned last week to act responsibly and avoid trouble. It’s just part of their orientation now.

College and high school players need the same counsel.

University of Georgia star running back Isaiah Crowell traded his doghouse for a jailhouse last week, after being arrested for two felonies and a misdemeanor when found with an unlicensed concealed handgun with an altered serial number at a police checkpoint in the wee hours Friday. The serial number on the 9-millimeter Luger under Crowell’s seat had been removed.

The promising 19-year-old sophomore – whom ESPN ranked as the nation’s No. 4 player and No. 1 running back out of high school – had been in and out of the doghouse at Georgia in his freshman season, sitting out several times for disciplinary reasons. The weapons arrest was the last straw for Coach Mark Richt, who summarily dismissed Crowell from the team.

What an incredible, tragic flameout. The young man had a free ride to college and a lucrative professional career written all over him.

What did he give it up for? The lifestyle that judges a man by the weapons and attitudes he totes. He really was big man on campus, but then he had to go and act like it. How brain-dead is that?

That nonsense shouldn’t be tolerated anywhere. It’s ruining neighborhoods, cities and lives. But it sure isn’t going to be put up with at our institutions of higher learning, or in the many athletic and other extracurricular activities they offer.

Now, instead of tracking carries and yards gained on the gridiron, Crowell will be worrying about other numbers.

“Crowell could face a fine of up to $10,000 and a jail sentence between two and 10 years if found guilty of weapons possession on school property,” reported ESPN, “while a guilty verdict for criminal use of an article with an altered ID mark carries a sentence between one and five years.”

Life is a series of choices. They come with consequences. Sometimes you’re so far out of bounds you take yourself out of the game.

America is the land of opportunity. What you do with it is up to you.

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Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/03/12 - 04:21 am
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All true, but he's pretty

All true, but he's pretty young. He'll get probation or minimal jail time. End up playing a couple of years at a HBS before signing for millions with the Oakland Raiders. Things could be worse. He may even be better off by saving his legs from bigtime SEC football for the pros.

I'm reminded of what Barry Sanders dad said when he considered going back to Ok State for another year instead of turning pro. He said, "If he goes back to college, I'll personally break his leg." He didn't.

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harley_52 07/03/12 - 09:24 am
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I don't mean....

....to trivialize the situation with young Mr. Crowell, but as Riverman has already pointed out, in the long run he'll get over it just fine.

Two lines from the Editorial are worth highlighting because understanding these two points is crucial to both success as an individual and the survival of our Country. One is..."Life is a series of choices. They come with consequences." And the other is "America is the land of opportunity. What you do with it is up to you."

Those points should be made over and over again to children as they grow up and to adults who start to believe that their problems in life are somebody else's fault and/or that society owes them something just because they exist.

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Jake 07/03/12 - 11:55 am
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Agreed

I concur with both of the above statements by Riverman and harley. I have always had a saying, "If you can't make it in America then you can't make it anywhere."

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