Monday, February 11, 2008

A reinvented life

David Tyree has received a lot of attention for The Catch during last Sunday's Super Bowl. But he has had a greater achievement -- he smartened up and got scared straight after being arrested for marijuana possession in 2004. Read the whole piece from today's NYT:

From special-teams demon to Super Bowl deity. From moonlighting drug dealer to born-again Christian. From a child who drank alcohol and smoked marijuana with his family to a sober father and husband who started his own nonprofit organization.

That's right: Tyree was a drunk and dopehead even as far back as junior high school. That speaks volumes about his athletic ability to become a Division I-A football player (Syracuse) and NFL draftee. His character seemingly caught up to his athleticism about four years ago.

Good on him.

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