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    Risky Business

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    Player ... Pos. ... Year ... Round ... (overall)

    Jesse James ... OL ... 1995 ... 2nd (62)
    Problem: Failed drug test at NFL Scouting Combine
    Outcome: Released by Rams in 1996

    Lawrence Phillips ... RB ... 1996 ... 1st (6)
    Problem: Assaulted girlfriend
    Outcome: Released by Rams in 1997

    Ryan Tucker ... OL ... 1997 ... 4th (121)
    Problem: Assault in bar fight
    Outcome: Nine seasons in NFL, including five with Rams

    Az-Zahir Hakim ... WR ... 1998 ... 4th (96)
    Problem: Arrested in alleged gang rape (never charged)
    Outcome: Eight seasons in NFL, including four with Rams

    Raymond Priester ... RB ... 1998 ... 5th (129)
    Problem: Arrested for allegedly charging long-distance calls illegally
    Outcome: Never made an NFL roster

    Steve Bellisari ... S ... 2002 ... 6th (205)
    Problem: Drunken driving
    Outcome: Never made an NFL roster

    Pisa Tinoisamoa ... LB ... 2003 ... 2nd (43)
    Problem: Served 4-month felony-assault sentence
    Outcome: Three seasons in NFL, all as Rams starting linebacker

    Jeff Smoker ... QB ... 2004 ... 6th (201)
    Problem: Substance abuse
    Outcome: Two seasons in NFL, both as reserve with Rams

    Richie Incognito ... OL ... 2005 ... 3rd (81)
    Problem: Assault in fight at party
    Outcome: Probable reserve on Rams o-line after missing '05 season with knee injury

    Claude Wroten ... DL ... 2006 ... 3rd (68)
    Problem: Failed drug test at NFL Scouting Combine; arrested for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute (charge dropped)
    Outcome: To be determined


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    Re: Risky Business

    Pisa Tinoisamoa ... LB ... 2003 ... 2nd (43)
    Problem: Served 4-month felony-assault sentence
    Kind of hard to believe now, huh?
    "Before the gates of excellence the high gods have placed sweat; long is the road thereto and rough and steep at first; but when the heights are reached, then there is ease, though grievously hard in the winning." --- Hesiod

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    Re: Risky Business

    Quote Originally Posted by HUbison
    Kind of hard to believe now, huh?
    Yea. I honestly had no idea about the charges against Pisa. I'd a never thought in a million years that he had done that.
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    Re: Risky Business

    So... the point of the article was: college players who do bad things end up repeating their bad behavior, except when they don't.

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    Re: Risky Business

    I'm really not worried about Wroten. I think we made a nice gamble that will pay off for us in the very near future.

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    Re: Risky Business

    Makes you wonder how their agents spun their shady backgrounds prior to the draft. Hmmm.....

    Quote Originally Posted by RamWraith
    Jesse James ... OL ... 1995 ... 2nd (62)
    Problem: Failed drug test at NFL Scouting Combine
    "Like his name (reversed) would suggest, he has the toughness and ferocity of an outlaw!"

    Lawrence Phillips ... RB ... 1996 ... 1st (6)
    Problem: Assaulted girlfriend
    "A downhill runner who is known to drag opponents a great distance!"

    Ryan Tucker ... OL ... 1997 ... 4th (121)
    Problem: Assault in bar fight
    "Never backs down!"

    Az-Zahir Hakim ... WR ... 1998 ... 4th (96)
    Problem: Arrested in alleged gang rape (never charged)
    "A team player!"

    Raymond Priester ... RB ... 1998 ... 5th (129)
    Problem: Arrested for allegedly charging long-distance calls illegally
    "Will do anything for his friends and family!"

    Steve Bellisari ... S ... 2002 ... 6th (205)
    Problem: Drunken driving
    "Never lets influences impede his drive!"

    Pisa Tinoisamoa ... LB ... 2003 ... 2nd (43)
    Problem: Served 4-month felony-assault sentence
    "A big hitter!"

    Jeff Smoker ... QB ... 2004 ... 6th (201)
    Problem: Substance abuse
    "This young man has great substance!"

    Richie Incognito ... OL ... 2005 ... 3rd (81)
    Problem: Assault in fight at party
    "Has fun while mixing it up!"

    Claude Wroten ... DL ... 2006 ... 3rd (68)
    Problem: Failed drug test at NFL Scouting Combine; arrested for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute
    "Doesn't only think of himself - always thinking of sharing with others!"

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    Re: Risky Business

    WOW!! I never knew that bout Pisa, But good post

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    Re: Risky Business

    Quote Originally Posted by RamsFan4ever
    WOW!! I never knew that bout Pisa, But good post
    me neither, well it seemed to work out ok...

    I still think that Wroton will be Ok, man I hope so, we have got ourselves a player if he has....

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    Re: Risky Business

    Yea if he stays off drugs...... i cant wait to see his future with the Rams!!!!

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    Re: Risky Business

    Quote Originally Posted by RamsFan16
    Yea. I honestly had no idea about the charges against Pisa. I'd a never thought in a million years that he had done that.
    16, here's a tip for you....they are just athletes. That's it. For them to be role models is really quite hilarious. They probably won't cure cancer, they probably won't stop nuclear proliferation, and I bet they won't help solve the deficit problem. Most of them never ask to be a role model in the first place.

    Everyone has skeletons in their closet. It's how you deal with them is what makes or breaks you. So far, Pisa has dealt with his admirably.

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