ALLEN PARK, Mich. Detroit Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley was arrested twice during the offseason, once for allegedly driving 100 mph while under the influence of alcohol back in his hometown of Mobile, Ala.
He was fortunate there was no tragic outcome like the one early Saturday morning involving Dallas Cowboys practice-squad player Jerry Brown Jr.
Brown was killed in a car accident when he was a passenger in a vehicle driven by teammate Josh Brent, who allegedly was drunk.
Fairley, 24, says hes learned from his own mistakes, but the BrownBrent incident was a harsh reminder of what can happen.
It was an eye-opener, Fairley said. Just look at it and learn from it.
Fairleys future appeared to be on the line following his offseason trouble. One more similar incident might have been the end of his days in Detroit.
He had showed his considerable potential at times on the field during an injury-plagued rookie year, but a lack of consistency was maddening for the coaching staff...