The Dallas Cowboys took a chance on former Nebraska Cornhuskers defensive end Randy Gregory in the second-round of the 2015 NFL Draft.
Leading up to the draft, Gregory was widely regarded as a top ten talent. However, a failed drug test at the NFL Scouting Combine this year and some reported issues in the mental department, Gregory fell out of the first round.
Now, the Cowboys will have to make sure that Gregory matures and stays out of trouble off the field.
Enter Hall of Fame wide receiver Michael Irvin.
Like he does with many of the young players in the league, Irvin said he wants to make himself a resource for Randy Gregory. Irvin believes Gregory can learn from the wild ride that was his lengthy NFL career while continuing to grow.
“I try to build relationships with all the guys and say I’m here as a resource. You want to give them some help,” Irvin told the Star-Telegram. “I’m a firm believer that the game of football saves lives. It saved my life. There is no telling where these guys would end up.
“Guys seem more comfortable talking to a guy who had situations himself. There is no indictment from me. I had my problems. Randy knows I’m saying it from the right place. The kid has been sincere. But imagine what it is going to be like when you are on top again. You can be an inspiration for millions of kids who made mistakes. They can say ‘Randy did it. I can too.’”
With the right support system in place, Gregory could be set up for a successful career.
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