NFL Lockout 2011: Seven Players to Keep an Eye on During the Lockout
Welcome to the Wild West. Uncharted Territory. The Last Frontier.
Every NFL offseason brings with it new and intriguing stories of certain NFL players pulling out all the stops and engaging in some pretty ridiculous, dangerous, and sometimes downright terrible behavior.
With the institution of the lockout, NFL players are no longer subject to a number of NFL programs meant to keep even the most wild and crazy players in check.
What does this mean?
Well no one is quite sure yet as we're only four days in, but we could be in for some pretty busy days on ESPN as news breaks out concerning various players engaging in less than reprehensible behavior.
1. Albert Haynesworth, Washington Redskins
He's stomped players in the face and laid on the ground for extended periods of time—and that's just on the field.
Haynesworth is a NFL PR department's worst nightmare. He's been accused of sexual assault, sued for child support by an exotic dancer, engaged in road rage and has just generally been a menace to society.
With no NFL intervention, who knows what Shamesworth is capable of?
2. Everson Griffin, Minnesota Vikings
Already this offseason Griffen has been in the news for less than honorable reasons.
He's been arrested for public intoxication, as well as felony battery, not to mention the whole incident concerning him trying to organize parties in Las Vegas. Griffen has stated that he hopes to start his own promotion business, probably not the best industry for a guy with his track record...
3. Michael Vick, Philadelphia Eagles
This is Michael Vick drinking in public circa 2006, something he can't do anymore.
I know that people say he's turned things around, but only time will tell...
4. Adam "Pacman" Jones, Cincinnati Bengals
I know, I know, Mr. Jones no longer uses the name "Pacman", but the majority of fans will always affectionately know the man/legend as such.
He hasn't been in the papers or police blotter for some time, but keep your eyes and ears open—with Jones anything is possible.
5. Brian Cushing, Houston Texans
Mr. Cushing can be seen here throwing kegs over his head, a truly valuable skill to have both in the NFL and life.
Cushing got suspended for the beginning of the 2010 season for steroids. With no drug testing program in place during the lockout, the former (alleged) juicehead might try and get a couple cycles in...
6. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers
A picture is worth a thousand words.
I fully expect the newly-engaged Roethlisberger to manage to stay clean this offseason. So long as he doesn't hit up any college bar bathrooms.
7. Braylon Edwards, New York Jets (FA)
He's been arrested for assault and drunk driving, and he's going to be a highly pursued free agent whenever the lockout is over.
If there was ever a time Edwards needs to play it cool and stay clean, now would be that time.
Eli Manning: Lightweight
In no way am I saying that it is guaranteed that any of these fine and upstanding gentlemen will find themselves on the wrong side of the law, just keep an eye out in case they manage to surprise you...or don't.