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Former NFL tackle gives up his career to study theology

January 16, 2009

Matt Lepsis was living the good life last season, making millions in the NFL and finally fitting in when he locked himself in a closet and screamed for help: Please, God, help me kick this drug habit.

The Denver Broncos left tackle, who called it quits after last season, admits now he was high on drugs for the first six games of his final season.

By Pat Graham
Associated Press

But in that closet in his house, struggling to kick a habit that intensified after knee surgery following the 2006 season, Lepsis begged for help. He believes he was heard — and rescued.

The drug habit now gone, Lepsis is taking classes at Dallas Theological Seminary, learning Greek and taking an introduction to theology course.

The offensive lineman had nearly $9 million US left on his contract. But he walked away.

“People hear this story and think, ‘He was at rock bottom and had nowhere to go and was trying to find answers to all these problems. So naturally he looked to God,”‘ said Lepsis.

“That’s not what happened. I can’t stress this enough: I was loving life.”

The drugs had transformed him from a “wallflower” into a “social butterfly,” he said. After struggling with social anxiety issues, he was suddenly more outgoing and personable.

The week before the Broncos were to play Jacksonville in September 2007, Lepsis was outside playing with his kids when his phone rang.

No one there, just music.

Not just music, though, but the Dave Matthews Band, his favourite group.

Not just any song, either, but a song he knew well — #41 — and Matthews was singing the lyrics, “The difficulty is coming.”

A few days later, Lepsis put on his head phones at his locker — same song, same lyrics. His initial reaction was he was going to perish in a plane crash.

A friend reassured him.

“She said, ‘There’s nothing for you to worry about. God’s in control,”‘ Lepsis recounted.

“If it’s your time to go, it’s your time to go. For the first time in my life, I was like, ‘What?’ I had never entertained that thought.”

On a plane the following week, Lepsis asked kicker Jason Elam if he could sit next to him. Elam, a devout Christian who now plays for Atlanta, was willing to listen.

“I really didn’t have any pearls of wisdom, just tried to steer him the right way,” Elam recalls.

Lepsis went to chapel before the next game. The sermon topic was fear.

“I was blown away,” he says. “I’m hanging on every word.”

He sought out Elam again and told him the entire story about his drug addiction.

“Can I become a Christian and a believer and still continue to do this?” he asked Elam.

“Jason said, ‘No, you can’t.”’

So into the closet Lepsis went. He asked for help, didn’t get high that day and had a horrible practice.

“I went into work sober for the first time in a long time and I had a miserable day . . . I’m angry for believing that God was going to supernaturally help me.”

His wife, Shana, convinced him to try again. The next day at practice he was sharing his story with teammates when it hit him: Here he was, someone who used drugs as a crutch to make himself more sociable, opening up to teammates.

“I get what I got through the drugs, but I get it through sharing my testimony for what God has done in my life,” Lepsis says.

In 2007, Lepsis was showering in a hotel room, thinking about religion and how his eyes had been opened. The bathroom mirror steamed up, but when the air began to clear, he saw the word “Jesus” there.

Probably just a born-again Christian who stayed in the room before him, perhaps a maid.

Whatever the case, it was another sign.

“This was a big decision. I didn’t make it lightly,” Lepsis says.

“What are the odds that two weeks after this decision, this is written on the mirror? . . . This was confirmation.”

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Plaxico Burress: Armed, Dangerous and Stupid (Apparently)

December 24, 2008

Plaxico’s house was searched and guns, ammo and other objects were seized, police said on Christmas eve….

In our opinion, Pro Players should leave their ego and their guns at home an enjoy their cushy, highly paid life and perform as expected.

Plaxico may have ruided his NFL career by playing with guns….He wouldn’t be the first “star” too risk everything…

From Michael Vick to Jim Brown there is a parade of “Bad Boys” from the NFL, other sports and Hollywood.  We are not saints; just people.  Now Plaxico Burress gets 15 minutes of fame not for a Super bowl touchdown but for shooting hemself in the foot, er, leg….

Suspended Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick(R) leaves ... 
Suspended Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick(R) leaves Surry County Circuit Court after entering a guilty plea on two felony counts connected to dog fighting in Sussex, Virginia. Under a plea agreement, Vick, who is currently serving a term in prison for federal dog fighting charges, will serve one-year of probation for the state charges.(AFP/Getty Images/File/Geoff Burke)

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The weekend self-injury of New York Giants star badboy Plaxico Burress, who sustained a personal injury gunshot in the leg when an illegally concealed weapon accidentally went off may have a few others in hot water.

In New York state, it is a misdemeanor for a hospital not to report a gunshot wound to the police, and according to reports, that is exactly what happened.  It appears that several employees of New York-Cornell Hospital, who treated Burress, did not contact the police. The New York State Department of Health is investigating to see if information was deliberately hidden to protect Burress. Additionally the hospital itself has admitted it has suspended an employee for not following procedure.  The hospital says it is their policy to contact the police in regards to all gunshot patients.

New York Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress, center, arrives ... 
New York Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress, center, arrives in Manhattan Supreme Court in handcuffs, Monday, Dec. 1, 2008, in New York. Lawyer Benjamin Brafman says Burress planned to plead not guilty to a weapon possession charge during a Monday afternoon court appearance. Burress accidentally shot himself at a Manhattan nightclub Friday evening.(AP Photo/David Karp)

Meanwhile Antonio Pierce, another New York Giant who was with Burress at the club Latin Quarter during the injury and aftermath, is being sought for questioning by police.  It appears, however, that he ditched the cops yesterday in favor of a paid radio appearance.  Pierce also is reported to have spoken to NFL security about the incident without a lawyer present which could get the league itself tangled up in the investigation.

Link to:

http://lawofhollywoodland.wordpress.com/2008/12/02/plaxico-burress-
weekend-shooting-puts-others-in-laws-sights/


Above: Mug shots of Ryan O’Neil and son Redmond when they were booked by police on drug charges….


Jim Brown was my hero when he played for the Cleveland Browns and he is again my hero now.  But there was a time there when he was just about nobody’s hero…..

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A 9 mm handgun, a rifle, ammunition and clothing were confiscated during a search of the home of New York Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress, police said Wednesday.

Read the rest:
http://www.cnn.com/2008/CRIME/12/24/burre
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In this Dec. 1, 2008 filep hoto, New York Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress, second from left, is escorted from a police station in handcuffs in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig/FILE)

In this Dec. 1, 2008 filep hoto, New York Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress, second from left, is escorted from a police station in handcuffs in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig/FILE) (Seth Wenig – AP)

Dogfighting Subculture Is Taking Hold in Texas

December 7, 2008

What got Atlanta Falcons NFL star Michael Vick into trouble and gained him hatred from all sorts of Americans is catching on in some places….

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The two undercover agents were miles from any town, deep in the East Texas countryside, following a car carrying three dogfighting fanatics and a female pit bull known for ripping off the genitals of other dogs. A car trailed the officers with two burly armed guards, hired to protect the dog and a $40,000 wager.

By James C. McKinley Jr.
The New York Times

Above: An investigation into dogfights in East Texas took 17 months, and led to the seizing of 187 pit bulls and 55 indictments. Photo: Texas Department of Public Safety

When the owners of the opposing dog, a crew from Louisiana, got cold feet and took off, the men in the undercover agents’ party reacted with fury, offering to chase them down and kill them. The owner of the female pit bull, an American living in Mexico, was merciful. He decided to take the opposing dog and let the men live, the officers said.

Over 17 months, the agents from the Texas state police penetrated a murky and dangerous subculture in East Texas, a world where petty criminals, drug dealers and a few people with ordinary jobs shared a passion for watching pit bulls tear each other apart in a 12-foot-square pit.

Investigators found that dogfighting was on the rise in Texas and was much more widespread than they had expected. The ring broken up here had links to dogfighting….

Read the rest:
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/07/us/07dogs.html?_r=1&hp

Top 10 Rogues Gallery of Sports

December 6, 2008

This is worth the short (Internet) trip!
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Some are household names. Others you may have never heard of. They’re all part of a rogues gallery of sports figures infamous for feats not performed on track, field, rink or hardwood court.

These former professional stars once enjoyed big-league glitz and glamour, complete with multimillion-dollar contracts and endorsement deals, but they’ve since largely been relegated to punch lines, legal proceedings and unintended second careers.

Ten slots are hardly enough to cover the entire sports world, but we could go on forever if we included every athlete who made a wrong move to cut short his or her time at the top of the world. For every beloved star like Lou Gehrig or Michael Jordan, there’s a controversial figure….

Related:
Plaxico Not The First ‘Star’ to Shoot Himself in the Foot

See Fox’s Top 10 Sports Rogues…..Go to:
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,462244,00.html

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Suspended Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick(R) leaves ... 
Suspended Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick(R) leaves Surry County Circuit Court after entering a guilty plea on two felony counts connected to dog fighting in Sussex, Virginia. Under a plea agreement, Vick, who is currently serving a term in prison for federal dog fighting charges, will serve one-year of probation for the state charges.(AFP/Getty Images/File/Geoff Burke)


Recall this guy?

New York Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress, center, arrives ... 
New York Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress, center, arrives in Manhattan Supreme Court in handcuffs, Monday, Dec. 1, 2008, in New York. Lawyer Benjamin Brafman says Burress planned to plead not guilty to a weapon possession charge during a Monday afternoon court appearance. Burress accidentally shot himself at a Manhattan nightclub Friday evening.(AP Photo/David Karp)