Thursday, December 25, 2008

Recovery Central: Jeremy Davis Keeps NFL Hopes Alive After Major Setbacks

Here's a great story of recovery, always tentatively focused within this 24-hour day. It's about an athlete who graduated from Port Neches-Groves High School, married the coach's daughter and went on to play college football at the University of Houston where, after having secretly used during his high school years, his drinking and use of drugs quickly progressed out of control.

How quickly we spiral downward.
Addiction is no respecter of athletic discipline or social status. Yet how miraculous is that grace that rescues us from the storms of life, providing refuge.


Jeremy Davis, featured in the Bob West sports column linked below, is pictured above with Pat Parish, the grandfather who raised him, and Jeremy's two daughters, Madison and Ella. [Port Arthur News photo by Mike Tobias.]
Published December 23, 2008 06:53 pm - Christmas means a lot more to Jeremy Davis these days, which is understandable considering he could easily be dead or wasting away somewhere in prison.

His life, once on a collision course with self destruction and disaster, has been remarkably transformed into one of high achievement, counting blessings and praising God. Those who do not believe in miracles might, after considering where this young man was no so long ago and where he is today. - Port Arthur News


Sober Davis overdosing on life

BOB WEST
The Port Arthur News

PORT ARTHUR — Christmas means a lot more to Jeremy Davis these days, which is understandable considering he could easily be dead or wasting away somewhere in prison.

His life, once on a collision course with self destruction and disaster, has been remarkably transformed into one of high achievement, counting blessings and praising God. Those who do not believe in miracles might, after considering where this young man was no so long ago and where he is today.

Where Jeremy stands this Christmas is on the verge of getting an opportunity to play in the NFL, following two years of earning All-America honors as an offensive guard at Division II Northwest Missouri State. The next step in his improbable journey is due to be taken when Davis plays in the Texas vs. The Nation All-Star game on Jan. 31 in El Paso.

Because he's 6-3, 305 pounds, can cover 40 yards in 5.1 seconds and has a mean streak when he's on the football field, Davis is going to get a long look from scouts in attendance doing pre-draft evaluations. It won't hurt that he'll be playing for Gene Stallings, who coached at Texas A&M and in the NFL, before winning a national championship at Alabama.

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