Under the radar when Devery Henderson signed with the Redskins the other day was that they also signed former Saint Donte Stallworth in tandem with him. That got me thinking, how on EARTH is this guy still in the league?? It seriously makes no sense at all. And actually, I want to know how he survived that hit pictured to the left.
Stallworth was born just two months after me, so he's still relatively young at 32. Still, when the league's average for a player is a three year career, and Stallworth's career has been one of consistent underachievement, it's hard to understand how he's still hanging around when no one seems to want to keep him. Stallworth has 42 receptions in the last four years and he played for a different team in each of those four seasons. So clearly no one is enamored in keeping him around. That said, he's had two stints with the Patriots (2007 and 2012) and now two stints with the Redskins (2011 and 2013). He hasn't played for the same team two years in a row since 2005, his last year with the Saints.
The Saints drafted him in the 1st round out of Tennessee as a receiver with blazing speed and a world of potential. He had splashes of potential with his best year coming in the Katrina season (70 receptions for 945 yards and 7 touchdowns). Then, Sean Payton came to town and Stallworth quickly drew his ire by sleeping in, showing up to practice late, and generally lacking maturity. Stallworth was quickly shipped off to Philadelphia before the season opener in 2006 thanks in part to the emergence of rookie Marques Colston. Since then, Stallworth has never eclipsed 46 receptions in a season. In fact, since he's left the Saints he's averaged 21 receptions per season. So if you think he underperformed based on his draft status in black and gold, it's been much worse since then. In fact, the most notable thing Stallworth has done during his NFL career is kill a man while allegedly driving under the influence.
So we have two data points of very questionable character, based on Sean Payton's distate for his work ethic and his mistake (putting it mildly) that winded up getting him put in jail and suspended by Roger Goodell. There's also the fact that in his last eight years in the NFL, he'll be playing in a different city from the previous season for the eighth consecutive time. I assume he's lost a step at 32 (if Devery has lost one at 31) and his statistics since 2008 are non existant.
How is this guy still hanging around? No chance he makes their 53 man roster, right? What am I missing here?
Drunk or buzzed driving NOT CONDONED. Life is living each moment and striving to learn, making sometimes life altering mistakes, not being perfect, football player or pedestrian, unknown occupation- not in crosswalk. Talent is seen and given a chance-answer to the author's question-wouldn't you want a chance while you still feel you deserve one, that's living, that's striving and trying.
@KelliP I'm not criticizing Stallworth for trying to make the most of his life at all. I'm glad he has a job and I'm certainly not suggesting he should turn down an NFL job. I'm just saying I'm shocked any NFL team would even consider him.
@SaintsNation @KelliP Just a reply, an opinion, of your observation as written. No criticism of your take on the situation. Nothing in Sports Industry surprises me, I worked for Dan Snyder the 1st year 99-2000, he bought the Redskins. The decisions made, from Snyder to his cronies to Players to ALL Personnel to Fan reactions, came to realization people just being people in a profession that is highly scrutinized and publicized from the outside. Saw some heartwarming, exceptional moments and some not so much and experienced business decisions that were in my mind inexplicable. So seeing who is brought on by a team only brings to mind the multitude of factors that are in play that never come to light.
When Stallworth was with the Saints he was one of if not my favorite player on the team. I haven't followed his career closely since he left N.O. but I know he hasn't ever really set the world on fire with his play. He obviously has shown star potential by teams picking him up. I don't knock him for his actions when Payton came to town. I view that as a young NFL player thinking, "New coach? Oh well, business as usual." Perhaps Sean Payton opened his eyes and Donte learned and matured. Now the killing a guy is a completely different situation. Now I know people that have been killed by drunk drivers and don't think anyone should ever drive drunk. But when I first heard of that story, my first question was where the pedestrian was hit, and what a surprise, not in a cross walk. I don't know about pedestrians in South Beach are, but if they're anything like the idiots here in Columbus, OH they walk out into the road whenever they feel like it (and don't even get me started on the people on bicycles!). If the guy was in a cross walk I'd have more sympathy for him. Regardless if he was drunk or not I feel the pedestrian is just as much at fault for being an idiot and walking out into the road.
Sorry for the rant and not answering what you're missing or why he's still around. Maybe he's the worlds greatest practice player!
@Balco Von Velminge yeah the pedestrian guy was partially to blame for that for sure, which is why Stallworth didn't get much more serious jailtime. Still, it's irresponsible for him to be driving stoned out of his mind, and it begs the question of whether the guy would still be alive if Stallworth wasn't out of his mind. No judgement here though. While I don't drive under influence and haven't in a very long time, I have gotten behind the wheel in less than ideal conditions in the past. Those are mistakes I regret, and I'm fortunate nothing bad ever came of it. Someone was looking out for me.
Stil, if you're an NFL GM, are you adding Donte to your receiver depth at this point? I say no way.