Jordan Jefferson: Former LSU QB Must Get Grip on Present to Save His Future

Brian MaziqueCorrespondent IIIOctober 31, 2012

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 09:  Jordan Jefferson #9 of the Louisiana State University Tigers walks off the field against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the 2012 Allstate BCS National Championship Game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 9, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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Jordan Jefferson is still paying the price for hanging with the wrong crowd—or maybe he's a part of the crowd others need to avoid. At any case, the once promising quarterback from LSU finds himself in an unenviable legal bind.

He's currently jailed for a violation of his probation that stemmed from an arrest on battery charges, per Joel Provano of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. His latest arrest came on charges of marijuana possession.

Jefferson and former LSU star Tyrann Mathieu were arrested at Mathieu's apartment on October 25. Mathieu had already been released from the team, but Jefferson was attempting to begin a professional career with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League.

He was cut by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in training camp after he didn't earn a spot with the team's practice squad.

Jefferson is still only 22 years old, so the book hasn't been completely written on his life, and possibly not even his football career. However, if he doesn't make some necessary changes to his surroundings and overall decision-making, he'll be the subject of a sad story.

This is a relatively high-profile issue, but when he's released and past these specific issues, he'll still have a future. It's up to him to make something of it.

This is the same kid that was the offensive MVP of the Chick-Fil-A-Bowl as a freshman in 2008. He was the QB on the field when LSU knocked off the eventual national champion Alabama Crimson Tide in a thrilling 9-6 struggle on November 5, 2011.

He's 6'4", 225 pounds and has the physical tools to play the game professionally.

He must find the maturity to allow himself the room to grow. Here's hoping this is his rock bottom. Lord knows the definition of the term is different for all of us.


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