Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Winslow
Yes, I wanted to wait a little bit on the Kellen thing. There is a temptation not to blame anyone for the accident -- anyone who knows my recent history would understand why I feel that way -- but there are other reasons.
Kellen Winslow was not a selection by the current Browns management. It's hard to blame them.
It's hard to blame Butch Davis for Winslow. He's a top athlete, no question. Yes, he had some character ... no, call them attitude problems. But Davis had to think he was worth it.
Kellen Winslow has a pretty good pedigree. His father is a Hall of Famer, and one would think Kellen Sr. would ingrain, a sense of dedication and understanding about how fragile health is. I would have thought Junior would have been careful coming off an injury.
But he wasn't. He's young, rich and reckless, and a lot of kids would feel invincible.
I'm not ready to give up on Kellen yet though. Call it blind optimism. In Cleveland, what other choice is there?

2 Comments:

At 4:52 PM , Anonymous Erik said...

I think Kellen Sr. has had a negative effect on his kid, whether he wanted to or not. Rarely can you be the son of a hall-of-fame athlete without that sports and your dad's legacy being the central themes of your life. Being brought up in an environment where "Kellen Winslow" means great tight end and nothing else to the population at large had a negative effect on him psychologically. It screwed him up.
I think Junior is trying to find his non-football self in all the wrong places, because he's starting to realize there's a world outside dad's shadow.

 
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