Helluva story here on Tim Worley getting his life back together.
Category Archives: Life After Football
Ready and steaming…
- Here’s a look at the post-spring SEC quarterback situation.
- Georgia’s incoming freshman Trent Thompson “becomes the team’s second biggest defensive lineman the minute he steps on campus.” Yeah, he’s got a good chance of playing this season.
- If you can’t get a second chance at Second Chance U, where can you?
- Florida’s Dante Fowler, Jr., on Todd Gurley: “What gets me about him is how fast he is. He’s a big guy so you would think that he’s slow, but he’s even faster in person than what he looks like on TV. We had a mean defense. We had Sharrif Floyd, Dominique Easley, Matt Elam—three first-round draft picks—and we had a top-five defense in the country. To see what he was doing to us, as a freshman, I was like, man, this guy is going to be something else.”
- The New York Times has a great piece on what’s happened to the members of the NFL’s first round draft class of 1990. It’s sad to see Ben Smith’s story.
- Nick Saban explains what up-tempo offenses have done to Alabama’s secondary, and how he’s working to fix that. (It’s been downhill since Jeremy Pruitt left.)
- Ben Jones talks about his favorite memory at Georgia, Jacob Eason, Mark Richt and more here.
- It’s insidious, but I fear I’m coming to like Jim McElwain. Bastard.
Here’s an enjoyable Rolling Stone interview with Chris Conley, which focuses, not surprisingly, given the source, as much on his directing career as his football one.
In any event, every time Conley opens his mouth, you can’t help but be impressed with his thoughtfulness. That certainly covers his immediate future.
Conley’s projected spot in the draft is wide ranging, anywhere from the end of the second round to the fifth round, the way ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper Jr. sees it.
“You hear tons of things,” Conley said, “and I wouldn’t disagree with (Kiper) on that range. It is a big range, but at the same time you understand more about the process, more about the league. It’s not something we worry about that much. I guess it’s something that more fans worry about. You look at the league and how many fifth rounder go on to be Pro Bowlers, how many first rounders have been busts. It’s really not about that at a certain point.”
We root for the Conleys in college football because they’re such good people. In Chris’ case, you have the feeling he’ll be a success inside the NFL or outside, because that’s how he’s built.
University of Alabama Chancellor Robert Witt says that even though mistakes were made, embattled UAB President Ray Watts still has his undying support.
“There is no doubt that our governing structure and the synergies of UA, UAB and UAH are a point of tremendous pride for Alabama and a model for the nation. It is extremely unfortunate that a vocal few would choose to disagree.”
And after reading the complete PR memo that laid out the plans to shut down UAB’s football program, I can see why Witt has his back. After all, if college is about preparing students to deal with the real world, how much more of an education could UAB’s student-athletes get than this touching send off?
Make History, Show Your Heart: This will be a difficult transition, but it will demonstrate your ability to deal with hard times and show heart, work ethic, loyalty, and dedication. These are traits to be proud of and this is a story you will be able to share and benefit from in every job interview for the rest of your life. Take this opportunity to prove your ability to deal with a difficult situation and to help others through the same — something employers look for.
Yeah, making sure that somebody you interview for a job hire has the experience of suffering through a layoff in the form of a D-1 college football program being closed is the kind of thing 21st-century employers are seeking out in droves. Especially in Alabama.
A model for the nation, indeed.
Including a real food related item today…
- Sounds like Will Muschamp is ready to unleash his inner Boom on the Plains again.
- Georgia has released some initial renderings of the proposed IPF, but what’s displayed is more about where than what.
- The school has posted a bunch of photos from the second annual Paul Oliver Network gathering.
- Say what you will about Steve Spurrier, the man deserves credit for making all of South Carolina’s spring practices open to the public.
- Trent Thompson appreciated getting his first offer from Georgia.
- Friend of the blog Jason Payne pointed me to a Georgia BBQ Bracket Challenge over at Red Clay Soul. Check it out, if only to find a barbeque joint you may not have heard about before.
- There’s a countersuit filed in the Brian Bell mess.
- Dave Bartoo measures conference recruiting rankings against win totals over the last nine seasons. Georgia comes out flat dead even.
- And Seth Emerson looks at the state of Georgia’s secondary going into the spring. There may be more talent than last season, but that doesn’t mean it’s any more settled.
A tidbit here, a tidbit there…
- Something to keep an eye on with this season’s Kentucky football team: “From that highly touted 2014 signing class, ranked No. 17 in the nation, UK was able to redshirt 16 players…” That includes redshirting every offensive linemen the current staff has signed.
- Bill Connelly ponders what the future of football analytics will bring.
Marc WeiszerFletcher Page has a nice piece on this year’s Paul Oliver Network gathering.
- Les Miles thinks Matt Womack signing with Alabama is enough of a punishment for his program.
- So Andy Schwarz is being hired to produce the new report evaluating the report that led to the shutdown of the UAB football program? That’s beyond interesting, both for what he’ll have to say about UAB’s decision as well as shining a light on college athletic departments’ bookkeeping practices.
- Here’s another roundup of questions as SEC spring practices get underway.
- She may be a little girl, but she manages to hit on the essence of being a Georgia Tech fan in one sentence.
- Speaking of Tech, the computer hacker has been sentenced, but “The district attorney said he believes Pickren entered a guilty plea, meaning failure to complete the program would bring the student back to court for further sentencing.” So you’re saying there’s a chance?
I dare you to read former North Carolina player Ryan Hoffman’s heartbreaking story…
“Look, I’m still in tiptop physical shape and can probably run a marathon,” Hoffman said, the words tumbling out of a mouth missing a tooth that was knocked out in a street fight. “It’s my brain that keeps me from being a productive member of society. I’m physically very strong, but I’m mentally so weak. Something is wrong with me. I don’t know what it is, but I used to be normal, you know?
“I’m confident — well, I’m pretty sure — that football had something to do with it.”
Football’s toll on its participants is well established. We know about dozens of former N.F.L. players who were left with severe brain damage from repeated blows to the head. Their stories often contain disturbingly similar details — depression, substance abuse, memory loss, dementia — and their brain damage was always revealed posthumously.
But there are many more former players out there wondering if they are football’s next casualties. Most of those players are not famous. Most never made a dime off the game. They are relatively anonymous men who played the sport in college and only later, for some reason or another, have found themselves struggling in life.
Just like their N.F.L. counterparts, Hoffman and those former college players have been left to wonder: Did football do this? Are the hits to the head I took the reason for my decline? Or would I be in this condition even if I’d never played a down?
They might never know the answer, because a definitive answer might not exist.
Hoffman blames football for scrambling his brain, but at this point it is impossible to disentangle what could be football-related brain injuries from his subsequent drug use and possibly genetic mental illness. He simply cannot be sure. No one can.
… and not see Mark Richt’s Paul Oliver Network in a different, less cynical way. I know I can’t.