Jaguars 1st pick Justin Blackmon arrested Sunday for aggravated DUI
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Re: Jaguars 1st pick Justin Blackmon arrested Sunday for aggravated DUI
In one stretch from 2006 to 2008, 11 Jaguar players were arrested. In April this year, defensive tackle Terrance Knighton needed eye surgery after he was hit in the head with a bottle at a Jacksonville nightclub.
The incident that received the most national attention happened in 2008, when offensive lineman Richard Collier was shot six times. As a result, he was paralyzed from the waist down and his left leg was amputated.
What's ironic is that Collier spoke about making good decisions off the field to his former Jaguars teammates the Thursday before Memorial Day weekend, during organized team activities.
It's too bad someone wasn't listening.
Blackmon's arrest also has opened old wounds because several of the team's wide receivers have had extensive issues with drugs and alcohol.
The most notable was five-time Pro Bowler Jimmy Smith, who was placed in the NFL's substance-abuse program in 2003 after testing positive for cocaine following a traffic stop. Smith also was busted for possessing crack cocaine and marijuana in 2009 -- three years after he had retired from the Jaguars.
The problem with young players is that many of them are too arrogant to believe their reckless behavior will ever jeopardize their careers. They don't believe their lives will ever turn out like those of Matt Jones and Reggie Williams, two receivers the Jaguars selected in the first round who eventually destroyed their reputations and careers because of drug and alcohol arrests.
Blackmon has taken a step down that destructive path, and it would be beyond embarrassing if another Jaguars receiver proved to be a waste of time.
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