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Looks like local misfit Elijah Fields is trying to play football again. Oh, in case anyone has a memory lapse this is what can get you kicked of the PITT football team for just plain dumbassedness...
Really good article and accurate. Fields is not alone in the league he plays. There are a bunch of guys like him who drip talent but carry so much baggage. The average fan thinks that the NFL has guys that are heads and shoulders better than some of the indoor/semi-pro types but they'd be surprised to find out that isn't always true. Leagues like this are fun for the fans but hell on families. It's like a renegade lifestyle where you're living out of hotels, crappy player housing, jumping from small town to small town, etc.
I wish him well.
Obviously, his Pitt career wasn't what it should have been, but perhaps he is making positive strides.
Let's get another receiver to "Foster the People" like AB!
Who writes and/or proofreads the articles for the Trib? My goodness, they should be embarrassed.
As for Fields, these kids have to realize that decisions and choices they make today have implications far into the future. It's a shame because he was very talented.
Well let's put it this way. If Fields can find a way to get into trouble in Green Bay, then he just can't stay out of trouble all together.
What do you do with a kid who just doesn't know any better and never had the guidance to be taught right from wrong, to be taught this is a bonehead decision that will affect your life? What should happen to them in society?
Not defending Fields, but honestly, I think a lot of these kids don't know any better and at the age of 18-20, they have no idea what the ramifications could be. I honestly don't know what the answer should be...by the time they get any sense (if they ever do), its too late and their opportunity is gone.
^^Send him to Green Bay. There's a restart and a wake-up call if I ever saw one
Poor decisions are made by many people. One thing that Fields had going against him was between the ears. I'm not talking about his moral upbringing, his socioeconomic struggles, etc. It's what killed him more than anything on the field. He is somewhat like James Bryant. Neither failed to see the field anywhere because of a lack of physical talent nor effort. They just weren't too smart on and off the field.
He was suspended for a full season at Pitt. If that doesn't get your attention & suggest to you that perhaps you ought to make some life changes, I don't know what will.
I have to agree with Spirit here. There is only so much blame you can pin on a young man's upbringing before you have to put the blame on his shoulders alone.
There's a difference between a FR breaking the rules and someone who has been in the program for awhile. That is why you didn't see much sympathy for Cam Saddler from us posters when he was suspended. When you have been at a school for a full four years and still break established rules then you have only yourself to blame.
Fields had been around long enough to know that his next misstep was going to cost him his scholarship - and it did.
But as to youngsters in society there is a solution and that has been to get these kids attention when they are young and hold it. I volunteered to tutor reading for the Head Start program in Homewood when I was in high school and the effect that program had on the young kids was pretty dramatic. There are other outlets also - youth sports is one - where children can learn responsibility and accountability when their parents can't or won't do it themselves.
These programs have to be funded though and IMO it should be a Federal and State Priority One. Monies up front pays huge dividends in monies not spent for incarceration, welfare, food stamps etc... later on.
This post was edited by rkohberger 15 months ago
Why does a person need to be taught right from wrong? By the time a kid is 6 or 7 years old, he already knows the difference.
$3,500 for the season?? Sounds like he's making another mistake.
It's time to get on with his life.
Not sure if the IFL is like the NIFL (many teams merged into that league) but there is alot of other benefits that often aren't reported. When I played I was a mutt and only got the league minimum of $400.00 game and free housing. But, I played w/ guys who probaby made around 40-50k. One of them being Broderick Simpson who was up for the Butkus Award at Oklahoma. He was probably the best football player I've ever played with.
When Arena 1 when bankrupt all the indoor leagues suffered from a money perspective. The arena league you see in Pittsburgh is a joke compared to the old Arena 1. There were guys like the Garcia cat who make a million. The arena league made a mistake by trying to put teams in major markets. It works best when it's in the small/medium sized markets.
This guy jumped out at me on film...Heck of a player
WOW!!! Talk about a guy coming up and making a tackle. (Simpson) Now that was fun to watch.
I crap all over Fields. He deserves nothing after how he disrespected Pitt and his opportunity. What a loser.
Almost Max Gruder - like !!
Seriously, for the youngsters on the board that is how fast Hugh Green used to play. He'd make 10+ tackles like that every game.
I could only imagine if we had a Hugh Green on our team nowadays.. Hugh is often talked about as the best defensive player to ever play the game. Keith Jackson said that Hugh and Red Grange are the 2 best college players of all time. If Hugh played in this era where teams put it up 30+ times a game along w/ the media coverage, he might've won not just 1 Heisman but maybe 2.
Steel, just curious. did you see Hugh play in person? Your thoughts are spot on.
Only a little bit when he was w/ the Dolphins. When I first moved to Pittsburgh, my old roommate had tons of VHS tapes of old PITT/Steelers games. When I saw Hugh play he looked like the modern day quick twitch freak athlete in an era where guys weren't supposed to move like that. The other thing was he looked like he played pissed off. Hugh just had an interview a couple of weeks ago asking him if he could play in this era. He said he could for one reason. He said something like ''even if I wasn't the most athletic guy in today's game, I could play because I was smart and I knew technique." "I could play the run right now." I thought that was pretty cool that many probably don't pick up his smarts just by watching him.
You're right on. Green was as cerebral as he was athletic. Hugh was at his best on the plays that matter most during a game. That is what made him special.
Sorry to say this. But the thing I remember most about Fields is ..... when he was in high school playing S. Columbia in the state championship game. Hynoskie broke free into the secondary and Fields had to make the tackle. The thing is he didn't want to and Hynoskie ran over him. It was at that point, I thought he'd be better off playing offense in college. I really believe he'd have been a very good wr.
At the same time, I saw him blast either Byham or Pelusi ( I can't remember) when he was a true freshman in a similar scenario. I know the play you're referencing and it was disappointing but the reason Fields didn't make an impact at safety had nothing to do w/ his physicality nor want to. He struggled w/ the playbook by most accounts. I know his DC from back in HS and he said we never had to run but more than 1 or 2 coverages while he was in school.
Do you think he was better on the defensive or offensive side of the ball? I thought he was very good on offense. But I'm only judging that by two games I saw (tv) him play in high school.
He was tremendous on both ends. He is easily one of the top 3 most dominant players that went both ways out of PA in probably the past 10-12 years.
I think he might've been able to make more of an impact at WR because it is an easier position to play and learn versus safety. He was incredible with the ball in his hands. He had WR speed, running back power and shakes, and wanted to own the defender everytime he caught the ball.
When I saw him at DB in HS, he covered so much ground and "erased" guys. He could light up a guy like no safety I've seen in PA before or since. I watched him once play against Clariton and he was in the deep half and Dana Brown took a play off tackle and Fields came up so violent and just ran through him. Dana was a load back in the day.
He is among the biggest busts that I've ever seen. I thought he would be a 1st round pick when he came out of HS. But, it just goes to show the importance of having smarts and be willing to leave the neighborhood behind you when you're trying to make something of yourself.
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