We are in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, and a lot has been going on politically, economically, and socially. The impact is enormous, distracting the way of life we used to know, and coming in terms with it seems more challenging, especially socializing.
One must wear a mask, keep social distance, sanitize his hands, and are unable to visit the elderly because they are more prone to contracting the virus.
As we continue to deliberate through 2020 and the NFL league around the corner, good readings seem to follow the players, in particular, Defensive End, Randy Gregory.
It’s not every day one gets a second chance. Still, for Dallas Cowboys Defensive End, Randy Gregory, he got one after the NFL conditionally reinstated him following a substance-abuse suspension.
This is after he filled for reinstatement six months ago. Upon getting the news, Gregory was quick to thank the NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones, NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith and the entire Cowboy fraternity. He also thanked his family and everyone who stood by him during his dark hours.
Gregory was suspended indefinitely in February 2019 after his 4th substance abuse policy violation. From 2015 to 2017, the NFL suspended him 3-times following multiple violations, causing him to miss 30 of 32 regular-season games. In 2017, Gregory, 27, stated that he struggled with depression and went to a Texas rehabilitation clinic.
In 2018 he played in 14 games, finishing with 6-sacks but missed out on all last season games. Gregory has played in only 28 of 80 possible regular-season games in his career due to suspensions.
Dallas Cowboys has rallied behind Gregory, even offering him a contract extension while in suspension though the NFL blocked it.
Gregory will have to wait until October 5 to begin practicing with the team and officially start participating in games on October 19.
Meanwhile, he is allowed to report at the team facility for COVID-19 testing and participate in conditional activities, individual workouts, and meetings.
Surely, Gregory knows that it is a blessing in disguise to have a second chance of playing football again, and we hope that all the substance-abuse issues are behind him. And this is a new era for him to prove to the NFL, Cowboys, his family, and mostly himself.
It will be a shame to lose such a fantastic player again, and the coming back of Gregory in the NFL is a massive sign for other players that they can also get clean and fill for reinstatement. And those who haven’t indulged themselves in drug abuse can avoid them as a lesson learned through Gregory’s story.
Gregory is a great talent in the NFL whose career could have abruptly come to a stop following abuse suspension. He has now received another opportunity to prove himself and actually live to his defensive playing potential.
The Cowboys can now expect to have a defensive masterpiece in Randy Gregory through playing alongside DeMarcus Lawrence and reinstated Aldon Smith.
Rachel Lott is a Reporter for Chroniclex After graduating from Cuyahoga Community College, Rachel got an internship at USA Evening and worked as a Reporter and Producer. Rachel has also worked as a Reporter for WKYC TV and Fox News Channel. Rachel Covers International Developments.