After watching the Falcons-Buccaneers game Sunday afternoon, I was reminded of the story of Tampa tight end Jerramy Stevens. He’s quite possibly the NFL’s best kept secret – in the worst way possible.
You see, Stevens has a proven track record of not only dropping balls but of running into the law. In 1998, he was arrested and charged with felony assault for breaking a kid’s jaw while in high school. Later, while at the University of Washington, Stevens was accused of raping a college student in an alleyway outside of a fraternity house. Despite a mountain of evidence, with the help of the University of Washington, members of the football team’s coaching staff, and many others, Stevens never felt much more than a prick on the finger.
Since then he’s had further run ins with the law, including multiple DUI’s, the latest of which occurred while Stevens was in the NFL playing for the Seahawks. I encourage everyone to read this fine article by Ken Armstrong and Nick Perry of the Seattle Times. It is a bone chilling story which absolutely needs to be told.