Make the most out of second opportunities. O.J. Simpson did not, but Chris Cook should. The injured Minnesota Vikings cornerback misses football too much to make another dim-witted blunder. It was August 24, 2011 when Cook sat in jail wondering if his NFL career slipped through his fingers. The justice system gave him new life, so now it’s time to fulfill his potential.
Life isn’t fair for underprivileged children, but wishing for new parents is a useless exercise. For Tarvaris Jackson, his NFL career has been the epitome of irresponsible team management. Yanked in and out of the starting lineup, the quarterback could never establish a rhythm and build momentum during a disappointing five-year Vikings career. After signing with the Seattle Seahawks, Jackson displayed marginal improvement, but again finds his role in jeopardy. While Jackson will tell you that external support is welcome, he understands that his own work can save his job.