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michaelm
05-07-2009, 02:58 PM
I heard an interview with this guy yesterday on NFL Radio. He really sounded like he's turned his life around and might make a decent and inexpensive pick up for some team.


Former First-Rounder Wendell Bryant Is Hoping For A Second Chance (http://www.profootballtalk.com/2009/05/05/former-first-rounder-wendell-bryant-is-hoping-for-a-second-chance/)

Posted by Aaron Wilson on May 5, 2009, 9:36 a.m. EDT
Wendell Bryant realizes that he represents the ultimate cautionary tale, a prime example of how to squander a golden NFL opportunity.
Drafted in the first round by the Arizona Cardinals with the 12th overall pick seven years ago, the former Wisconsin star and two-time Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year ruined his NFL career by running afoul of the league’s substance abuse policy due to testing positive for marijuana and alcohol and dabbling in the party drug Ecstasy.
Ultimately, he was cut by the Cardinals in 2005 and was suspended for a year by the league for yet another strike in the drug program.
Now, a repentant and contrite Bryant says he has been clean and sober for nearly a year through devotion to a 12-step program.

http://www.profootballtalk.com/2009/05/05/former-first-rounder-wendell-bryant-is-hoping-for-a-second-chance/

bah007
05-07-2009, 03:01 PM
I heard an interview with this guy yesterday on NFL Radio. He really sounded like he's turned his life around and might make a decent and inexpensive pick up for some team.


Former First-Rounder Wendell Bryant Is Hoping For A Second Chance (http://www.profootballtalk.com/2009/05/05/former-first-rounder-wendell-bryant-is-hoping-for-a-second-chance/)

Posted by Aaron Wilson on May 5, 2009, 9:36 a.m. EDT
Wendell Bryant realizes that he represents the ultimate cautionary tale, a prime example of how to squander a golden NFL opportunity.
Drafted in the first round by the Arizona Cardinals with the 12th overall pick seven years ago, the former Wisconsin star and two-time Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year ruined his NFL career by running afoul of the league’s substance abuse policy due to testing positive for marijuana and alcohol and dabbling in the party drug Ecstasy.
Ultimately, he was cut by the Cardinals in 2005 and was suspended for a year by the league for yet another strike in the drug program.
Now, a repentant and contrite Bryant says he has been clean and sober for nearly a year through devotion to a 12-step program.

http://www.profootballtalk.com/2009/05/05/former-first-rounder-wendell-bryant-is-hoping-for-a-second-chance/

Great for him. Doesn't mean he can still play ball though.

michaelm
05-07-2009, 03:07 PM
Great for him. Doesn't mean he can still play ball though.

Absolutely agree, but he might be worth giving a look at in camp for some team.
I can pretty much guarantee that some team will bring him in for the minimum, to see if there's any of that first round talent left in his tank. He's only 28.

bah007
05-07-2009, 03:09 PM
Absolutely agree, but he might be worth giving a look at in camp for some team.
I can pretty much guarantee that some team will bring him in for the minimum, to see if there's any of that first round talent left in his tank. He's only 28.

If he really is straightened out then somebody should give him another chance. And if he can still play, then it will work out for him.

michaelm
05-07-2009, 03:13 PM
If he really is straightened out then somebody should give him another chance. And if he can still play, then it will work out for him.

His story isn't too different from Josh Hamilton, and Hamilton isn't doing too badly.
Of course, comparing football and baseball is comparing apples and oranges.
http://texasrangers.wikia.com/wiki/Josh_Hamilton

bah007
05-07-2009, 03:17 PM
His story isn't too different from Josh Hamilton, and Hamilton isn't doing too badly.
Of course, comparing football and baseball is comparing apples and oranges.
http://texasrangers.wikia.com/wiki/Josh_Hamilton

Well I kind of agree with you. Hamilton turned the corner and someone gave him a chance. Now he is doing well.

There is also a huge talent gap between those two guys in their respective sports though. Hamilton is considered by many scouts to be the (or one of) best high school baseball player ever. So I wouldn't say that Bryant's chances for success are as high as Hamilton's.

Not a bad comparison though.