TAYLOR RIGHT ABOUT MERRIMAN
I couldn’t agree more. Jason Taylor says that Shawne Merriman’s Pro Bowl and Defensive Player of the Year eligibilty should have been taken away when Merriman failed a drug test.
“You really shouldn’t be able to fail a test like that and play in this league, to begin with,” Taylor said Wednesday. “To make the Pro Bowl and all the other awards, I think you’re walking a fine line of sending the wrong message.”
Merriman, like most of the modern-day athletes busted for steroid usage, fails to see the logic in Taylor’s comments.
“If I wasn’t having the kind of season I’m having, this wouldn’t even be a conversation,” Merriman said. “The NFL will always have the level of integrity. That’s what makes the NFL. In my situation, everything happened in an appropriate way. I sat out my four games, my money was taken away from me, my four games were taken away from me, and I came back and played my rear off.”
His words are so easily dissected. ‘I, I’m, My, Money, Me’. Just own it. How about your fans and your teammates? He came back and played his rear off? So what? If Merriman wanted to tell us about how most of the players are using them and he was the unlucky player that caught, he’d have a bit of a case.
And it’s not all about postseason accolades.
“A performance-enhancing drug is, obviously, what it is,” Taylor said. “You enhance your performance by doing that. You fail that test, I think it’s not right. It’s against the rules and ultimately I think it’s sending the wrong message to the youth in America and the people who look at this game not only as entertainment but also to learn lessons from it.”
Amen brother. And even though I am a Bears fan, it’s hard to deny picking Taylor over Urlacher for Defensive Player of the Year. 2 INTs, 2 TDs, 58 TKLs, 13.5 SKs, 7 STFs, 9 FFs and even 11 passes defended. He’s got my vote.