Terrelle Pryor Gets His First Lesson on Life in the NFL by Lloyd Vance

 

Welcome to the big leagues! Former Ohio State QB Terrelle Pryor will be allowed in the 2011 NFL Supplemental Draft with one big caveat

On August 18th, the National Football League did the right and wrong thing to potential prospect QB Terrelle Pryor.  The world’s most powerful league did find it in their heart to letOhioState’s wayward Buckeye into the 2011 NFL Supplemental Draft, but at the same time showed their unilateral influence by instituting a precedent setting 5-game suspension to Pryor at the start of his NFL career.

The league in a dual statement announced that this year’s Supplemental Draft would be moved from its originally scheduled date of August 17th to Monday August 22nd and that indeed finally Pryor would be allowed to participate.  The news was welcomed around NFL Universe that the former prep All-American turned public enemy number one inColumbus,Ohio would get his chance at redemption.  But overwhelming their was a groundswell movement by fans and media that were saying, “What the hell is Roger Goodell and the NFL doing” by instituting a 5-game suspension –without pay by the way – for transgression that happened before Pryor has even signed a league contract.

For sure much like the cases of former NFL bad boys Pacman Jones and Micheal Vick the NFLPA was sure to get involved.  But once again armed with a brand-newCBA, NFL Commissioner Roger “Hang’em High” Goodell was back.  During the league’s 136-day lockout many wondered if the still existing NFL Personal Conduct policy with Goodell as the Judge and Jury would be back in full effect.  Well it didn’t take long as the Commish once again made a player “beg” to step on the field before relenting with another of his controversial caveats. 

The league informed teams that Pryor “made decisions that undermine the integrity of the eligibility rules for the NFL draft.” Among those actions, the league said, were the hiring of an agent in violation of NCAA rules and a failure to cooperate with the investigation that cost then-Ohio State coach Jim Tressel his job. The NCAA committee on infractions is working to determine the school’s final penalties.

With no other “viable” alternatives other than the minor league CFL or UFL, Pryor like so many other players caught in Goodell’s player misconduct has to eat crow and accept the decision. “We accept that voluntarily,” Pryor’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus recently said.  The loquacious agent added, “It’s a small price to pay for him to have a chance to pursue his dream of playing in the NFL.”   Many are saying that if Pryor had decided to fight the league’s suspension that there was a distinct possibility that he would have been ruled ineligible all together – see Maurice Clarett and Mike Williams circa the 2006 NFL Draft – a lengthy career-delaying court battle would have ensued.

In the end, as a family supporter I understand Pryor have to accept his medicine to support his family, but I don’t have to like it.  The league can say that Goodell consulted NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith all they want, but how can the NFL just decide to retroactively apply a suspension based on “College” transgressions.  What is next the league suspending Dolphins RB Reggie Bush for the mess that he caused atUSCor the many former University of Miami Hurricanes in the league that were just found out to be on the take in the Shapiro Scandal.  League spokesman Greg Aiello even tweeted you can’t break the rules as Pryor did “and get a free pass into the NFL.”

As I stated in my last article on the Pryor / Supplemental Draft situation, “Give me a break, the NFL has way too many other problems than to worry about cleaning up the NCAA’s mess involving a fallen quarterback”.  Pryor like so many other supplemental draft eligible players of the past has made a mistake as a young college athlete and now wants to move-on to the NFL.  But now Pandora’s box has been opened and the league better hope the NCAA’s nex bad boy castoff is coming over clean – Hey BTW, I just heard that potential 2012 first overall pick Stanford QB Andrew Luck was caught cheating at hide-and-seek in the 3rd grade..I’m just saying.

Bills safety George Wilson, an NFLPA representative said of the situation, “I don’t understand, my question is, with thisMiamiprobe, are those players who took those gifts, are those guys — guys that violated NCAA regulations — are they subject to his discipline as well? Is it retroactive? This opens up a big can of worms”. Wilsonadded, “You can’t pick and choose when you want to apply, when you don’t want to apply, who you stick it to, who you don’t stick it to. It needs to be clearly defined. I don’t agree with it. But we have to see how he chooses to proceed as well as the union. It’s just setting a whole totally different precedent.”

Next Pryor will have a pro day for all 32 NFL teams Saturday inPittsburgh, where he’ll workout in drills similar to the NFL Scouting Combine. I know come Monday that some team is going to give him a chance to be the next “Brad Smith” or whomever in the NFL that Pryor will become.  But this process to me, quite frankly stinks.

So now we move-on with Pryor even tweeting, “God bless and thanks for support! Time to have a little fun!”  But to tell you the truth I don’t like it one bit.

Good luck Terrelle, as you already understand that being in NFL sometimes means you have to understand “who” is in charge.

 

 

 

Lloyd Vance is a Sr. NFL Writer for Taking It to the House and an award-winning member of the Pro Football Writers of America (PFWA).  You can reach Lloyd on Twitter @lloydvance_NFL

NFL Should Let Terrelle Pryor in the Supplemental Draft by Lloyd Vance

The NFL is scheduled to hold it’s 2011 Supplemental Draft on August 17th.  And the league better wise-up by declaring former Ohio State QB Terrelle Pryor “eligible” for the event

The National Football League is scheduled to hold its annual supplemental draft on Wednesday August 17th and the biggest name surrounding the event, former Ohio State disgraced quarterback Terrelle Pryor, so far is not “eligible”.  Let’s go back to the beginning of the summer, Pryor along with several other Ohio State players were accused of being involved in a scandal that “rocked” Buckeye Nation. 

On December 23rd it was reported that players violated NCAA policy by among other things trading memorabilia for tattoos – initially received 5-game suspensions from the NCAA after crazily leading their team to Sugar Bowl victory.  In the aftermath of the initial findings further uncovering found several more wrongdoings by Pryor and his mates, which further exploded the situation.  In May 2011, former OSU head coach Jim Tressel – who surprise, surprise was found to have covered for his players — stepped down from his position.  Once the “sweatervest” stepped aside along with all of the Buckeyes’ 2010 wins being vacated, a dominoe-effect caused all attention and fans ire to immediately focus on Pryor. 

In his 39-game career at OSU that included starting some games as a freshman, Pryor compiled passing numbers of 477-783, 61%, 6177 yards, 57 TDs and 26 INTs with an additional 2164 yards and 17 TDs rushing.  But most importantly 3 consecutive wins over archrival Michigan.  However as the perceived leader and star quarterback of the team during this mucky period, the former BIG  TEN freshman of the year had the bull’s eye firmly on his back and there wasn’t much that he could do about it.

Smartly, rather than returning to Columbus, Ohio  and “serving” his 5-game suspension plus facing further humiliation including the NCAA waiting in the wings.  The former U.S high school player of the year decided “the heck” with that by giving up his senior year eligibility.  Everyone knew that five games was going to morph into a season-long ban by the NCAA, so Pryor made his first good move in a while by hiring megawatt agent Drew Rosenhaus. 

Also at the time the 21-year old quarterback declared himself eligible for the 2011 NFL Supplemental Draft.  He even started working out in Florida with NFL players like New Patriots WR Chad Ochocinco and was planning a Pro Day in the vicinity of Pittsburgh, Pa not far from his hometown of Jeanette.

However all throughout the summer leading to the league’s Supplemental Draft period – usually mid-July – there was something skeptical about this year’s non-buzzworthy event.  Yes, we all knew that the NFL’s 136-Day lockout pushed the league’s calendar all over the place.  But conspicuously, NFL leaders and officials continually didn’t want to hear the name, “Terrelle Pryor”.  Every time some media person was asked about Pryor’s eligibility for the Supplemental Draft, there was always a let’s wait-and-see answer . 

Meanwhile everyone surrounding the NFL was back to “Getting Back to Football”, Pryor was in limbo.  All indications were that  the NFL was throwing the NCAA a bone by making an example out of the “non-humbled” Pryor.  Rosehaus even tweeted on August 9th that had yet to hear a decision from the league. 

Not surprisingly, when the NFL’s list of “eligible” players for their August 17th event was announced, Pryor’s name was nowhere to be found.  There was the name of former Georgia running Caleb King, but the league citing some obscure rules basically told Pryor to take a hike.  Apparently they were struggling to reconcile Pryor’s eligibility due to the way he exited from college. 

NFL sources cited rules in the bylaws that said “expiration of a player’s college football eligibility through withdrawal from school, dismissal or signing a professional contract in another football league” does not automatically qualify a player for the NFL. C’mon it was obvious to any person with a brain what the league was trying to do to the former high school star.  Everyone knows the NCAA is the NFL’s defacto minor league and they did not like the way Pryor was acting.

However recently Pryor did indeed receive news of his college “ineligibility” in the form of a letter from Ohio State.  The letter stated  “In light of that decision the university must declare you ineligible for intercollegiate competition because you failed to cooperate with the university in violation of NCAA Bylaw 10.1 [which requires, among other things, cooperation and forthright, honest answers]. In addition, due to that failure to cooperate, the university must disassociate you from its athletic program for a period of five years.”

Now the ball is  in the NFL’s court as Pryor has obtained an ineligibility letter and August 17th will be here before we know it.  However everyone that I have talked to around the league is saying that there still seems to be the feeling that some people around the NFL want Pryor spend a year thinking about his decisions before allowing him to enter the draft.  To put it quite frankly, “The Kid is getting the Maurice Clarett/Mike Williams” treatment until the 2012 NFL Draft.  His options right now if the Supplemental Draft were to take place without him, seem to be the CFL or UFL, because Pryor has already eliminated his college eligibility by signing with an agent.

To be fair, I am not condoning the way Pryor and his teammates were given excessive “gifts” and patted on the back by some of their misguided boosters.  But you cannot tell me that these college kids were not enabled by Tressel and the overall hypocrisy that is the NCAA. 

Give me a break, the NFL has way too many other problems than to worry about cleaning up the NCAA’s mess involving a fallen quarterback — who some scouts are saying is not ready for the big leagues —  and whether he is sorry for “bartering” for tattoos.  Pryor like so many other supplemental draft eligible players of the past has made a mistake as a young college athlete and now wants to move-on to the NFL.

If you think I’m wrong, go re-read the history of players like Brian Bosworth and Cris Carter, who both left College Football under heavy dark clouds of suspicion and ridicule, yet they were made “eligible” for the supplemental draft and were selected.  Heck, Carter – even after a some early career off-the-field struggles – was able to build himself into a Hall of Famer in the opinion of many.    So please just let Pryor get his chance.

I don’t know if the former kid who I saw win a Pennsylvania State Title so many years ago will be a legitimate NFL quarterback, but what I do know is that he deserves a chance in the Supplemental Draft, just like Carter so many years ago.   To keep Pryor out of the NFL to help the NCAA save face or to not open a can of worms — little known rules — that the some league people don’t want, would be a travesty. 

In some last-minute efforts to get him into the Supplemental Draft, the Pryor camp is trying desperately to directly appeal his case to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.  But we all know the National Football League is very slow to change and right now Terrelle Pryor is on the outside looking in.

***Update*** 

The NFL decided before Wednesday, August 17th to postpone their 2011 NFL Supplemental Draft until a later date….HMMM I wonder if Twitter Nation and everyone else made Roger Goodell and the rest of the NFL think twice about “screwing” Terrell Pryor.  Now hopefully they will give him a “fair” shot to be the next Cris Carter or Brian Bosworth by letting him in the Supplemental Draft

 

 

Lloyd Vance is an NFL Writer for Taking It to the House and Sports Journey Network , who is also an award-winning member of the Pro Football Writers of America (PFWA).  Lloyd’s Twitter is @lloydvance_nfl

Finally the NFL Lockout is Over by Lloyd Vance

Both NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith were both all smiles on Monday July 25th.  After 135 Days, the NFL Lockout is finally over and America’s Most Popular Game can leave the courtroom and return to the field

Today, NFL player representatives and the league’s owners signed a collective-bargaining agreement (CBA) to end a lockout that had started in March shortly after the Packers’ Super Bowl victory and threatened to harm part of  — if not all of the — 2011 season. 

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell looked relieved while saying, “Football’s back!”.  Goodell added “(The new 10-year deal) is extraordinarily great for our game.”  Of course, fans had heard Goodell say similar words after the owners agreed (31-0) on Friday, but everything wasn’t done until the players had their say.  Finally an 11 AM conference call where the new deal was agreed to by the league’s players really did bring back football to a starving public, who wouldn’t know what to do without “America’s Passion”.

Terms were not immediately specified, however NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith — still need to re-certify the organization, but that is topic for another day — also seemed to beaming just as much as Goodell.  Smith said of the new deal, which included a legacy fund for retiree, safety issues, and much more.  “We managed to talk about things that make football better and safer.”

According to the NFL, some of the highlights in the agreement included:

  • New rookie compensation system with a salary cap of $142.4 million per club in 2011 
  •  Additional retirement benefits
  • The limiting of practice times and full-contact practices.
  • Clubs receiving actual stadium investment and up to 1.5% of revenue each year.
  • Medical plan for life for players, under the owners’ plan.
  • Enhanced injury protection benefit of up to $1 million of a player’s salary for the year after his injury and up to $500,000 in the second year after his injury.

Colts’ center and player representative Jeff Saturday, who was at the forefront of the negotiations said, “The lockout has been a roller coaster for the fans.  With dialogue, things began to happen and …now instead of these meeting rooms, I get to be in football meeting rooms (at training camp).”

Now, the attention of everyone in NFL Universe from the players to team GM’s to the  media to Fantasy Football players will now return to the league’s quickened calendar.  Training Camps will shortly open (probably Wednesday) and Free Agency will also begin at a furious pace.

So now everyone can put away all the legal talk and focus on getting ready for September 8th in Green Bay, Wisconsin when the season offically kicks off with the Super Bowl Champion Packers taking on the New Orleans Saints.

NFL CBA Negotiations to Continue Past Deadline

The respective sides of in the NFL’s Labor Battle (Commissioner Roger Goodell and NFLPA head DeMaurice Smith) have agreed to extend Collective Bargaining Agreement negotiations past the March 3rd, 11:59 PM Deadline

All anyone needs to do is go back and do some research from the 1987 NFL Players’ Strike – the last labor strife in the league which led to the owners playing “regular season” games with replacement players – to see the damage that labor unrest caused to the league and it’s fans.  There is no doubt that the NFL is the “Golden Goose” of sports with a model that produced approximately $9 Billion in revenues for 2009 and an unprecedented almost 25 years of uninterrupted play. 

The two sides involved, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and NFLPA DeMaurice Smith, have been in talks since the start of the 2011 season, but there has been little movement.  There are so many negotiating issues around the NFL’s new CBA with the tip of the iceberg including:

Revenues — NFL owners are saying players are taking 60% of revenues, Smith is saying the owners want an 18% rollback on player revenues in the new CBA and the NFLPA is insisting that the league open the books. 

An owners’ proposed 18-game regular season schedule — Mostly supported by the owners, there are already many veteran players talking about long-term risks.  The NFLPA and it’s players are commissioning reports to see about the long-term health/injury risks from playing an 18-game regular season – 16 game schedule since 1978.  Let me go on record that I completely agree with getting rid of 1 or 2 preseason games.  But you know the players will definitely need extra incentives to approve more games. Patriots QB Tom Brady recently said of the 18-game proposal, “I’ve taken part in several postseason runs where we have played 20 games. The long-term impact this game has on our bodies is well documented. Look no further than the players that came before we did. Each player today has to play three years in order to earn five years of post-career health care. Our Union has done a great job of raising the awareness on these issues and will make the right decision for us players, the game and the fans.”

Retirement Benefits — Led by a very loud contingent of former players, including HOF Joe DeLamiellure, NFL retirees want to be heard regarding health benefits and pensions.  Every current NFL player better be thinking about life after football as the average NFL career is 3 to 4 years and a player that has accrued 3 years of play receives only 5 years of health benefits after their retirement.

A Rookie Wage Scale – Something has to be done to make sure that “proven” NFL players are getting larger pieces of the pie than unproven rookies.  All anyone needs to do is look at the $39M that JaMarcus Russell basically stole from the Raiders.  This year, first overall pick, the Rams QB Sam Bradford, is expected to receive a contract greater than Lions QB Matthew Stafford’s – 6 years, $72M with $41.75M guaranteed.

FIGURE IT OUT GUYS as NFL fans don’t want to see a season lost, because a bunch of Billionaires and Millionaires cannot agree.

 BTW:  Anyone worried about seeing NFL replacement games, like during the 1987 NFL Players’ Strike, you don’t have worry as the current CBA does not allow the owners to play “Scab” games.

Taking It to the House NFL Podcast 83010

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is talking about an 18-game regular season schedule, which is one of the Top Stories discussed in this week’s podcast

Taking It to the House 8-30-10 Podcast

NFL Insider Lloyd Vance talks about the top stories from 2010 NFL Preseason with host Mark Gray including the league’s proposed change to an 18-game regular season

2010 NFL Pre-Training Camp Top Stories – CBA Negotiations

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and NFLPA head DeMaurice Smith are the principal figures in the ongoing NFL Collective Bargaining Agreement negotiations

The impending end of the current Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) slated for March 2011 should be first and foremost in everyone’s minds associated with the NFL.  Right now the league is in the midst of its first “uncapped” season in 2010, but that will be a hill of beans, if there is an NFL owners’ lockout in 2011 – i.e. “No Football”. 

All anyone needs to do is go back and do some research from the 1987 NFL Players’ Strike – the last labor strife in the league which led to the owners playing “regular season” games with replacement players – to see the damage that labor unrest caused to the league and it’s fans.  There is no doubt that the NFL is the “Golden Goose” of sports with a model that produced approximately $9 Billion in revenues for 2009 and an unprecedented almost 25 years of uninterrupted play. 

The two sides involved, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and NFLPA DeMaurice Smith, have begun talks but everything is very preliminary at this time.  There are so many negotiating issues around the NFL’s new CBA with the tip of the iceberg including:

Revenues — NFL owners are saying players are taking 60% of revenues, Smith is saying the owners want an 18% rollback on player revenues in the new CBA and the NFLPA is insisting that the league open the books. 

NFLPA talking about possible owner collusion — The owners are pointing to the 30% rule, but overall player salaries for 2010 are lower and it has been a very slow offseason for signing free agents / giving out big deals. Also owners will not say it, but they do not want to pay a signing bonus on new player deals which could potentially cover lost salary during a lockout – did you know the owners TV money for 2011 is guaranteed.  That is why future Hall of Famer and Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning, who is in the last year of his 2004 contract extension – 7 years, $99.2M with a $34.5M signing bonus (due $15.8M in 2010), has not received a new deal yet.  Manning and Patriots QB Tom Brady are expected to get new contracts with at least $50 million guaranteed. Is something up??? Recently on ESPN Radio’s Mike and Mike Show, DeMaurice Smith said, “You guys want me to say the collusion word, of course….Oh, wait a minute. There it goes.”

An owners’ proposed 18-game regular season schedule — Mostly supported by the owners, there are already many veteran players talking about long-term risks.  The NFLPA and it’s players are commissioning reports to see about the long-term health/injury risks from playing an 18-game regular season – 16 game schedule since 1978.  Let me go on record that I completely agree with getting rid of 1 or 2 preseason games.  But you know the players will definitely need extra incentives to approve more games. Patriots QB Tom Brady recently said of the 18-game proposal, “I’ve taken part in several postseason runs where we have played 20 games. The long-term impact this game has on our bodies is well documented. Look no further than the players that came before we did. Each player today has to play three years in order to earn five years of post-career health care. Our Union has done a great job of raising the awareness on these issues and will make the right decision for us players, the game and the fans.”

Retirement Benefits — Led by a very loud contingent of former players, including HOF Joe DeLamiellure, NFL retirees want to be heard regarding health benefits and pensions.  Every current NFL player better be thinking about life after football as the average NFL career is 3 to 4 years and a player that has accrued 3 years of play receives only 5 years of health benefits after their retirement.

A possible Rookie Wage Scale – Something has to be done to make sure that “proven” NFL players are getting larger pieces of the pie than unproven rookies.  All anyone needs to do is look at the $39M that JaMarcus Russell basically stole from the Raiders.  This year, first overall pick, the Rams QB Sam Bradford, is expected to receive a contract greater than Lions QB Matthew Stafford’s – 6 years, $72M with $41.75M guaranteed.

Player Misconduct Administration — Goodell has a ton of leeway under the current CBA to administer justice as he sees fit and some member of the NFLPA want to look into the “legality” of some of the commissioner’s decisions.  Owners are also talking tough about going after bonuses already paid, if a player screws-up.

Drug Testing — NFL currently doesn’t test for the performing enhancing drug Human Growth Hormone (HGH) as it requires blood.  And the NFL also needs to think about testing for codeine (i.e. the “Sizzurp”) after the recent events with the Packers DL Johnny Jolly and former Raiders QB JaMarcus Russell.

Roger Goodell recently said of the CBA negotiations, “There will be an agreement at some point…Everyone would like it sooner rather than later, whether it’s the players, the owners or the fans.  It’s important for us all to get more productive dialogue. Sometimes, these things don’t happen until you get a little closer to the end (of the CBA). That’s just the reality.”

DeMaurice Smith also has been on the offensive lately too.  He recently said on ESPN Radio about the on-going CBA negotiations, “As you guys know, we haven’t been shy about being aggressive in protecting players’ rights. If we have to be aggressive to enforce the rules of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, you can bet that we will.”

FIGURE IT OUT GUYS as NFL fans don’t want to see a season lost, because a bunch of Billionaires and Millionaires cannot agree.

 BTW:  Anyone worried about seeing NFL replacement games, like during the 1987 NFL Players’ Strike, you don’t have worry as the current CBA does not allow the owners to play “Scab” games.

Other 2010 NFL Pre-Training Camp Top Stories

  • New York Jets winning the NFL offseason and can they reach the Super Bowl heights many are predicting for them
  • Position Battles (Carolina Panthers QBs, Philadelphia Eagles Safeties, Dallas Cowboys WR’s, NY Giants DE’s, Tampa Bay Buccaneers WRs, Arizona Cardinals QBs, Buffalo Bills QBs, etc)
  • T.O, Flozell Adams and other free agents still looking for jobs
  • Coaches on the hot seat trying to stay alive (Panthers John Fox, Texans Gary Kubiak, Jaguars Jack DelRio, Bears Lovie Smith, Broncos Josh McDaniels, and Browns Eric Mangini)
  • QB Donovan McNabb changing teams inside the NFC East
  • Brett Favre’s “Possible” Retirement / Return
  • Slow rate of rookie first rounder signings
  • Future Hall of Famers Peyton Manning and Tom Brady getting new deals or not
  • The Baltimore Ravens, Atlanta Falcons, and San Francisco 49ers being popular picks as NFL’s surprise team of 2010

 

 

 

Lloyd Vance is a Sr. NFL Writer for Taking It to the House and Sports Journey Network , who is also an award-winning member of the Pro Football Writers of America (PFWA)

2010 NFL Pre-Training Camp Top Stories – Player Misconduct

Leading up to 2010 NFL Training Camps there have been too many stories of player misconduct.  Recently Green Bay Packers DL Johnny Jolly (pictured) was suspended for the season by the league for drug charges

Hard to believe 3 years after NFL Commissioner Roger “Hang’em High” Goodell instituted a Player Conduct policy that gave him much latitude in its application, we are still talking about players putting themselves in bad situations.  Sure the majority of the NFL’s over 1500 players are good up-standing types, but since the Super Bowl ended in February there has been a steady stream of player misconduct that has fans, media, and league officials concerned about a pattern. 

And to make matters worse, now the players involved seem to be more “high profile”.  No longer is everyone talking about the misdeeds of a 2nd string nickelback (i.e. Adam “Pacman” Jones), now quarterbacks who are the league and franchise’s faces are producing negative front-page news too, that may have implications going into the 2010 NFL season. 

Philadelphia Eagles backup QB Michael Vick (a shooting occurring after his 30th B-Day Party), Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (Bar hopping gone array in Milledgeville, GA), Tennessee Titans QB Vince Young (misdemeanor assault citation after allegedly punching a guy in a strip club for an upside down hook’em Horns sign), Tennessee Titans back-up QB Chris Simms (arrested for allegedly driving under the influence of marijuana in New York City), former Oakland Raiders QB / 2008 NFL Draft first overall pick JaMarcus Russell (arrested for illegal possession of Codeine to allegedly produce a drink called “The Sizzurp”) and too many others. 

The situation that Roethlisberger got himself into was most distressing to Goodell and everyone else as he is the marquee player of one of the NFL’s cornerstone franchises.  Though eventually the authorities in Georgia decided to not press charges for sexual assault against Big Ben, the salacious details and accusations, including the showing of taped interviews with the alleged victim, will follow Roethlisberger, the Steelers and NFL for a long time. 

The former 2-time Super Bowl winning quarterback has been suspended for the first 6 games of the 2010 Season, but it is looking like his early summer good behavior could have his suspension lowered to 4 games instead.  However good behavior by Roethlisberger and the NFL’s other bad boys withstanding, it will be interesting in CBA negotiations if NFLPA head DeMaurice Smith wants to call Goodell and his sometimes heavy-handed administration of the Player Conduct Policy to task.  Because you know the league will counter with tales of how disorderly players have taken signing bonuses and other guaranteed money and not lived-up to their end of the bargain.

Hopefully the final days before training camps begin (Cleveland Browns rookies report on July 23rd) will be free of player misconduct as fans and media should be looking forward to the action on the gridiron rather than NFL players on the police blotter.

2010 Player Misconduct Suspensions

  • Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger, 6-game suspension (Player Conduct – two sexually related incidents) — Out until at least Week 8 vs. New Orleans, but could be shortened to 4-games based on league review
  • San Diego Chargers WR Vincent Jackson, 3-game suspension (Player Conduct – Multiple DUIs) — Out until Week 4 vs. Arizona
  • Atlanta Falcons OT Quinn Ojinnaka, 1-game suspension (Player Conduct – Domestic Violence) — Out until Week 2 vs. Arizona
  • Seattle Seahawks LB Leroy Hill, 1-game suspension (Player Conduct – Drug Charge) — Out until Week 2 at Denver (also their could be an additional suspension coming for Player Conduct – Domestic Violence)
  • Green Bay Packers DE Johnny Jolly, indefinite suspension with the minimum for all of the 2010 season (Player Conduct – Drug Charge)
  • Free Agent WR Plaxico Burress, indefinite suspension (gun charges) that will end once he is released from prison

*** It should also be noted that when a player serves a suspension, he does not get paid and misses out on game checks.

Other possible misconduct violations

  • Miami Dolphins DE Phillip Merling – Domestic Violence
  • Cleveland Browns DT Shaun Rodgers – Carrrying a weapon into the airport
  • Atlanta Falcons DT Jonathan Babineaux – Drug Chrages
  • Cincinnati Bengals RB Cedric Benson – Assault
  • Tennessee Titans QB Vince Young – Citation for Assault
  • Philadelphia Eagles backup QB Michael Vick — Possible probation violation from a shooting that occurred after his 30th B-Day Party
  • Tennessee Titans back-up QB Chris Simms — Arrested for allegedly driving under the influence of marijuana in New York City
  • Free Agent QB JaMarcus Russell – Drug Charges

 

 

Lloyd Vance is a Sr. NFL Writer for Taking It to the House and Sports Journey Network , who is also an award-winning member of the Pro Football Writers of America (PFWA)