Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 12/10/12

GREEN BAY, WI - NOVEMBER 07: Josh Brent of the Dallas Cowboys sits on the bench during a game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on November 7, 2010 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
In the wake of the second tragedy in as many weeks for the NFL, players past and present are being quite candid in their reactions to Jerry Brown‘s death. After Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman Josh Brent was arrested for driving drunk and crashing his car — killing Brown in the process — a surprising number of NFLers have come forward to admit that DUIs are all too common. “We’ve all done it,” veteran Chargers linebacker Takeo Spikes told the USA Today. “But it’s to a point now where maybe you were ignorant and didn’t know any better or felt you were invincible. We’ve had enough of death to show us this is what you do not do. It’s bigger than you. Somebody else is always affected.” Steelers linebacker Larry Foote agreed with Spikes’ take, admitting that he too has driven under the influence in the past. “Alcohol is nobody’s friend,” Foote declared. “The last two weeks there’s been two deaths in this league because of alcohol. Guys have to grow up, mature and understand that these are examples. … There isn’t anything good that comes from alcohol — period.” On NBC’s Sunday Night Football, former Patriots safety Rodney Harrison discussed a culture of invincibility that exists around the players, causing many to ignore the dangers of alcohol. “At 25 years old, I’ll have to admit, I was a guy who went out,” Harrison said. “I partied on Friday. I had three or four drinks, and I got behind the wheel and drove home. Why? Because I thought I felt invincible. ‘Oh, nothing would happen to me.’ But the older I got I started gaining perspective. I started realizing what was important. Suddenly, I became that guy who would preach to the younger players about family, about career and about the dangers of DUI.” It’s not just up to the players to police themselves, though. Each NFL team holds a mandatory education program every year, stressing the dangers of drugs and alcohol as part of the league’s substance-abuse policy. Longtime NFL coach Tony Dungy summed up a coach’s fear that the education is not enough, though. After all, his players’ decision-making away from the team is out of his control. “You just constantly preach to them all year — make good decisions,” he explained. “Every Friday I used to tell our team after practice, ‘Be smart, get home early, don’t drink and drive.’ But you come in Saturday morning, and every coach says this, not just me, but you come in Saturday morning and you just hope everyone gets there.”
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Frank Gore must step up vs. Texans with Andrew Luck out

Sean Rodriguez apologizes about outburst, including to water cooler

"Friday Night Lights" writer calls Chip Kelly a fraud

Gregg Popovich now resting himself by sitting out games

Knicks' sellout streak at Madison Square Garden halted at 201

Rex Ryan: Probably ‘a reach’ for Karlos Williams to play Sunday


Lions OC explains Golden Tate's limited role on offense

Dez Bryant doing light running as rehab from surgery continues

Report: Barnes punched Fisher, was begged by child to stop

Former NFL head coach Lindy Infante passes away at 75

Dion Lewis signs two-year contract extension with Patriots

Curry: Harden’s MVP talk ‘doesn’t change what happened’

Real reason for Sam Bradford's struggles is...his glutes?

Messi charged with tax fraud, could face prison time if convicted

Lamar Miller: Fantasy owners ‘stay tuned' for more carries

Examining the delicious unfairness of the wild card

Five questions about the Astros-Royals ALDS

Ahmad Brooks out against Giants after death of sister

Jessica Mendoza responds to sexist rant from Mike Bell

Gronk: Have to be ‘super smart’ to play Tight End for Patriots

Cruz ‘thoroughly convinced’ he’ll be making big plays in 2015

Roger Goodell taking a guarded approach on daily fantasy sites

Three reasons each AL team can win the pennant

Stallone on Kelly: ‘I don’t think it’s time for Chip’s ahoy yet’

Cubs made statement, but face lingering questions

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

"Friday Night Lights" writer calls Chip Kelly a fraud

Women in sports this week: Is this 2015 or 1965?

Three reasons each AL team can win the pennant

Garrett addresses Hardy's comments about Gisele

Five outrageous predictions for NFL Week 5

Rex makes players do push-ups in practice after penalty calls

Weeden compares QB situation to 'backing up Derek Jeter'

Pirates fan dresses as Steve Bartman, fails to curse Cubs

LeBron takes in-game selfie with fans in Cincinnati

MLB postseason power rankings

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Follow Yardbarker