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Being a Professional Athlete (or Celebrity of Any Kind) Means that Your Character Flaws Will Always Be Worse Than Mine

Feb 25, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes offensive lineman Mike Adams runs the 40 yard dash during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

When the Pittsburgh Steelers followed up on their 1st round selection of Stanford guard David DeCastro by selecting Ohio State offensive tackle Mike Adams in the 2nd round last Friday, a lot of fans and media members around Steeler Nation were quite concerned. The concern had nothing to do with the team using a 2nd straight draft pick to select an offensive lineman. No, the concern came from the fact that the Steelers selected a player with such a checkered past.

As most Steelers fans probably know by now, Adams made some questionable decisions while in college by accepting illegal benefits and was suspended for five games last season. He further cemented his reputation as a flawed figure by testing positive for marijuana at the NFL combine just two months before the 2012 NFL Draft.

Adams would surely have been a first round prospect if not for the character issues, so the talent was obviously there. But was it worth the risk for the Steelers, a team that has seen its image as a first-class organization get tarnished a bit in recent years by some of its players not necessarily representing themselves in the "Steeler Way," to take such a player?

It's hard to say. But there's one thing I know for sure: I wouldn't want to be a person in the public eye with any sort of mistake on his or her resume. People never forget when you're a celebrity of any kind. And the mistake, even one from the distant past, can follow a person around forever.

Fortunately, when you're an average Joe like me, your past mistakes are usually quickly forgotten.

When I was a kid, I was a slacker. I mean, I hated school, and I almost flunked out of middle school (or junior high for you people with a different name for it) because I missed almost 50 days in the 8th grade. I was really good at pretending to be sick.

I was a little kid, though, right? Why would anyone hold that against me?

Ok, fair enough. How about this? When I was in my late teens, my friends and I would hide in the bushes and throw snowballs at cars that were traveling pretty fast on a busy road. At the time, it sure seemed like a funny thing to do, but looking back on it, we could have caused a major accident.

When I was in my early 20's, I smashed into someone's wooden fence because, instead of paying attention to the road in front of me, I was acting like an idiot and singing along to one of my favorite songs. I wasn't drinking, I wasn't driving very fast, and I didn't cause much damage, but the proper thing to do would have been to knock on the person's door and tell them what I had done. Instead of that, I stepped on the gas and got the heck out of there.

Now, none of these things that I just described about my youth were really that awful (unless you were the person with the wooden fence), and if you would ever hang out with me, you'd know that I'm a pretty decent and responsible citizen. You certainly wouldn't remind me of any of these transgressions every time you spoke with me. And I doubt I'll ever have to answer any questions about these events in the future.

But that's because I'm not in the public eye.

When a person in the spotlight really screws up, for whatever reason, it seems to get blown out of proportion and take on a life of its own.

"How could Mike Adams fail a drug test during the NFL combine with his entire future at stake?" I don't know. Why did I run into that fence and then flee the scene many years ago?

Sometimes, people, even really talented football players, act like idiots.

The Steelers weren't even considering drafting Adams initially, but to his credit, he reached out to the front office, admitted his shortcomings and asked them for a second chance.

"We didn't call him, he called us," Colbert said. "Had he not called us, this may not have occurred."

That quote from Steelers gm Kevin Colbert, taken from the Huffington Post article linked above, illustrates that maybe the Steelers front office knows that there are character flaws and then there are CHARACTER FLAWS.

Fortunately, smoking a joint every now and then (even before the biggest job interview of your life) is probably a lower-case character flaw, at least for a kid in college.

Will Adam's recent transgressions follow him around for the rest of his time as a professional football player? Probably, but maybe they'll just be a foot-note to an otherwise productive and accomplished NFL career.

I've turned out OK despite the poor character that I often demonstrated as a youth. This is just a guess, but I probably still have some character flaws as a man going on 40 (just ask my ex girlfriend, she'll tell you).

I don't know how Mike Adam's career will turn out, and he may very well find himself traveling down the wrong road again in the future. But the fact that he was able to own up to his mistakes, and has taken steps to make his life better, shows me that, maybe, his character isn't as flawed as it appears.

Mike Adams probably just has some lower-case flaws, just like any average Joe.



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Steelers select Alameda Ta’amu in fourth round

 2012 NFL DRAFT - Steelers Third Round SelectionALAMEDA TA’AMUDefensive TackleUniversity of Washington Huskies6:02.4-348Kent, WashingtonRainier Beach High School4th Round – 109 OverallCAREER NOTESS...

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Steelers Release CB Antonio Smith and RB Chad Spann

The Steelers today made a couple roster moves, releasing cornerback Antonio Smith and running back Chad Spann.

Smith was signed by the Colts as an undrafted free agent back in 2007, and also has played for the Lions, Chargers and Bengals. He played college ball at Ohio State.

Spann He was signed by the Colts as an undrafted free agent in 2011, and signed by the Buccanneers on October 17th, 2011 before finally ending up with the Steelers.

He played college football at Northern Illinois University, and in 2010, as a college senior, he rushed for 1,388 yards and led the nation with 22 touchdowns, and contributed to the Huskies first 11 win season.

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Steelers select Sean Spence in third round

2012 NFL DRAFT - Steelers Third Round Selection SEAN SPENCEOutside/Middle LinebackerUniversity of Miami Hurricanes5:11.3-231Miami, FloridaNorthwestern High School3rd Round – 86th OverallCAREER NOTE...

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Late-Rounders Clemons, Frederick, have opportunities to make the team

Seventh round draft picks in the National Football League are often caught between a rock and a hard place. Chances are, you’re a good player and hey, you’ve been drafted, but there is also the very real possibility that you won’t make NFL teams’ final roster let alone see much of the field.
For Toney Clemons and Terrence Frederick, this is the reality they face as seventh round selections of the Pittsburgh Steelers. It’s difficult enough to make an NFL team but when you have the players in front of you like the Steelers do it can get even tougher.
For Clemons, a former Pittsburgh-Area product who originally went to Michigan before transferring to Colorado, this is exactly the scenario he is facing. Mike Wallace, Antonio Brown, Jerricho  Cotchery and Emmanuel Sanders already sit in front of him on the depth chart and have way more experience. That doesn’t mean Clemons has any plans to just sit back and wait for his release papers this summer.
The good news for the 6’2” 190lbs Clemon...

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Steelers select Mike Adams in second round


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2012 NFL DRAFT - Steelers Second Round SelectionMIKE ADAMSOffensive TackleThe Ohio State University Buckeyes6:07.2-323Dublin, OhioDublin-Coffman High School2nd Round – 56th OverallCAREER NOTESAdams...

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Colbert & Tomlin on the 2012 Draft

KC: Thanks everybody for sticking around for the conclusion of the 2012 Draft. We feel very good about the nine guys that we added. They all unfolded pretty well for us, really the last three days ...

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Steelers hand out rookie jersey numbers

The Steelers have given jersey numbers to their incoming class of draft picks and undrafted free agents.  David DeCastro is number 61.   These things are never set in stone though.  Especially since the Steelers ran out of numbers and some are doubled.  Cameron Heyward changed his right before the season last year.  LaMarr Woodley did the same.  Caution to those who plan on buying jerseys.  Wait until season starts.  Here are the jersey numbers.
Rookie Numbers:

David DeCastro-61
Mike Adams-76
Sean Spence-51
Alameda Ta’amu-95
Chris Rainey-22
Toney Clemons-11
David Paulson-48
Terrence Frederick-37
Kelvin Beachum-68
Ryan Lee-69
Grant Ressel-2
Marquis Maze-3
Drew Butler-3
Connor Dixon-5
Alex Tanney-9
Adrian Robinson-46
Brandon Lindsey-49
Robert Golden-30
Terry Carter-35
Desmond Stapleton-66
Ikponmwosa Igbinosun-69

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Pittsburgh Steelers 2012 Draft Grades

A rundown of the Steelers' draft picks. It has been a few days since the Draft and I have had to do some reserch on some of the Steelers' lower draft picks.

1st Round Pick 24

OG David DeCastro, Stanford A+
This player was a great pick up. The Steelers commented after the Draft that he was one of the players they would trade up for and didn't have to. With a great balance of speed and power as a guard he will fit perfectly with the Steelers that love to pull their guards. DeCastro rarely gets beat and protected Andrew Luck at Stanford in their pro-style offense. I expect him to be another Pro Bowler on the Steelers' line and should be ready to start out of the gate. Although, he may not be the most excting first pick but he will add to the exciting plays Ben Roethlisberger makes and keep Ben upright throughout the season. Also one of the smartest players in the Draft which will give him the ability to start right away.

2nd Round Pick 56

OT Mike Adams, Ohio...

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Press Conference – 2nd Round – Kugler & Colbert

Offensive Line coach Sean Kugler and General Manager Kevin Colbert discuss the Steelers 2nd Round (56th Overall) draft pick, offensive tackle Mike Adams. Adams appeared in 30 games during his four-year career at Ohio State. He started his last 21 appearances.

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