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College Football Players Hosley, Burfict, & Adams Fail Drug Tests


Twenty-one year old Arizona State middle linebacker Vontaze Burfict, twenty-one year old former Virginia Tech cornerback Jayron Hosley, and twenty-three year old Ohio State offensive tackle Mike Adams might have just kissed their NFL dreams goodbye. The trio has done the unthinkable and tested positive for marijuana during routine drug tests at the recent NFL combine in Indianapolis. All three were star players who were sure to be drafted by the pros.

In 2010 Hosley had an NCAA-high of nine interceptions but tainted his junior season after suffering a concussion and a hamstring injury. After deciding to turn pro anyway, Hosley was projected as a second- or third-round pick—that is—until the positive test. His mother, Beverly Hosley, does not deny that her son has failed the drug test and comes to his defense, releasing her own statements regarding the matter. “He wanted to admit it and correct it. He’s only 21. He’s a kid, really, in a grown man’s body. But he’s trying to be a man. I hope he learned from his mistake.” She also noted that her devastated son came to her for guidance on what to do regarding his mistake and her advice was to write a letter of apology to the NFL, which he did. Mrs. Hosley also stated that “Once it gets into the media, they can make a big spectacle of it.  He got caught up with old friends and made a bad choice. He’s a good kid, he broke the rules. One mistake shouldn’t cost him his opportunity.” But the question on my mind is ‘was this really one mistake? A onetime thing’? Mel Kiper Jr., draft analyst for ESPN seems to have noticed patterns in Hosley’s performance on the field that may prove otherwise. “I loved him a couple years ago when he was making all those interceptions,” Kiper Jr. said. “This year, he looked like, to me, something was just missing with his game. He was beaten. The awareness, the instincts you don’t see that like you did from two years prior. Size will work against him at the pro level to a certain extent. I think the fact that he wasn’t as good in coverage, which was his forte, the big plays in coverage, was something, it was the reason he was so highly regarded going in.” With the average cornerback measuring five-foot-eleven, Hosley is a bit on the short and lean side, standing five-foot-ten, and 171-pounds.

Vontaze Burfict’s agent, Chuck Price isn’t exactly ready to own up to the recent allegations and says that neither he nor his client has received notification from the NFL of a failed drug test as of yet. In a statement released April 25th, Price says “I’m 100 percent convinced that his work ethic and how he has led his life is something that any team would appreciate and expect out of an NFL player.” Burfict spoke to Aaron Wilson of about his former marijuana use. “I talked to some teams, and I told them I had smoked marijuana before,” he said. “It’s not like I’m the only person that has ever done that.” Burfict insisted to Wilson that he has indeed changed his ways and when asked if he still smokes marijuana he vehemently denies it. The drug test allegations don’t seem to faze him and he seems more than hopeful that he will in fact be drafted come next season. The overly confident Burfict said to Wilson “The team that drafts me will see that my work ethic isn’t questionable at all. I realize how much I really want this for my life. If I could have changed anything when I was in college, I would have been eating healthier. Now, I’m eating fish, chicken, broccoli. My endurance is much better. I usually run a mile each morning. The team that picks me is going to get a leader on and off the field. I’m going to be a role model for the kids in the community. If teams pass on me, they’re going to have to face me for the next 10 years. If they don’t want me, they’re going to miss out. I definitely feel like my best football is ahead of me.”

Like Jayron Hosley, Ohio State’s Mike Adams owns up to his mistake. The teams interested in Adams are impressed by the way he is handling matters after catching wind that the player has completed counseling. This isn’t the first time Adams has found himself in trouble. For the first five games of his senior year at Ohio State he was suspended along with four of his fellow players for selling various memorabilia such as Big Ten championship rings in exchange for tattoos.


Works Cited: (April 25, 2012) (April 26, 2012) (April 19, 2012) (April 25, 2012)


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