SlinkyJr

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  1. I'd be down to update the news
  2. "King Me" By A.J. Jefferson I remember exactly how I felt the day I announced I was going to play football for North Carolina. It was the day things really started kicking off for me. Don't get me wrong, I had been dealing with attention since someone found out I could throw a football 40 yards with a perfect spiral in 5th grade. There were articles leading up to my decision about how I was going to change the game forever. People were already saying that A.J. Jefferson is a surefire multiple Heisman winner. One article gave me the nickname "TD Jesus" a name that to this day I can not live down. But when I went up in front of those cameras, and told the world that this Georgia boy was headed to North Carolina to play quarterback, the gloves came off. I was no longer a protected high school phenom, I was now the savior of a college program and the hottest topic in the nation. I don't know how to describe what it is like at 18 years old to turn on ESPN and see the talking heads talking about you. It's even harder to describe what it is like to see them talking about how you are going to be the best quarterback in college football history. I hadn't even left Georgia yet, and I was already the Heisman front runner. When I was home, I had a safety net. My parents kept me grounded, my friends knew how to keep me in check, and I was able to tune out the talk for the most part. But when I packed up and moved to North Carolina, I no longer had anyone there to cut through the bullshit. I had Bo Woodall, who has been my best friend for as long as I can remember. (We were teammates before I moved to Parkview my Freshman year of high school). But if I am being honest, Bo did more harm then good. You see, Bo is a talker. Every day he would go on and on about how we were going to be the best duo of all time and no one could stop us. The world was our oyster and we were just getting started. Every day, I would walk down the street and people would come up to me just to get a look in, I was treated like a god. I won the starting job early on in OTAs, so I never really got that chance to have to take the back seat either. I'd like to pretend that I was some humble kid who took everything in stride and didn't feed my own hype, but that just wouldn't be the truth. I LOVED IT. Every second of every day I felt like I was literally the greatest thing out there. And how could I not? My new friends, teammates, random people on the street, people on tv, everyone was telling me that. TD Jesus. That was my name. people barely called me A.J. any more. I was a king. Then, I went and did maybe the worst thing possible: I played awesome in my debut. 364 yards and 5 touchdowns. I had lived up to the hype. I was everything they thought I was and more. I was TD Jesus. Except that I wasn't. The rest of the year was kind of iffy. I threw tons of TDs, I threw tons of yards, but I also threw tons of INTs. This is about the time I learned that the same people who can build you up, can tear you down to new lows you never knew existed. I became the most polarizing player in the nation. You either loved me or hated me. Was I TD Jesus? Or, was I the false prophet INT Jesus? This was the debate that I heard non stop for the next three years of college. I guess it might be a good thing that my ego was so big, because I still felt like I was on top of the world. I still believed that I was the best player in the country and that the Heisman voting was rigged against me. My real friends tried to tell me that I was becoming a real jerk. Bo even started mentioning that I needed to chill out about myself but of course, I didn't listen. Why should I? I was going to be the #1 pick in the NFLHC Draft because that's what everyone was telling me. Until I started hearing rumors that the Chicago Bears were going to pick Norris Brookshear. I couldn't believe it. Norris Brookshear? I was 10x better than he was on his best day. "The stats didn't show the whole story" is what I would tell myself. I was a gunslinger, you can't measure that. Well, the draft came along and we all know how that went. Brookshear went first, I went second to the defending super bowl champions who just got rid of their starting QB. Almost immediately, I became the worst pick ever. You know how shocking that is? To be so full of yourself that you think you are basically invincible, have most of the media telling you that you are great throughout your college career, and then in one instant, you become a total joke. It hit my pride hard. I searched for hours and hours after the draft to just find one article saying I was a great pick. The best I could find was "I think it will work out." How did I go from TD Jesus to "I think it will work out"? It destroys the soul to hear that you're all hype. That you have no talent, and that your whole career has been contrived. This is usually the part of the story where the hero gets redeemed, turns his attitude around, and has a great career. But that is not what happened with me. With no real close friends anymore to help me out, I failed at handling the negative media. I doubled down on my own hubris and continued to tell myself that I was still the best around and that the media was trying to take me down because I was the guy. Then I struggled heavily in my rookie season and the negative attention increased. Thank god for Bo Woodall. He deserves all of the credit for pulling me out of the hole I had built myself into. I was hanging with the wrong crowd. Being out and partying became the only thing I could do to get the negative media out of my head. I was obsessed with my image, and the girls and guys at the clubs fed my ego. One day, a night before practice actually, I was planning on going out on the town again. But that is when Bo barged into my room and blocked me from leaving. He made me sit down, looked me in the eyes, and said "I miss my best friend." He told me the man I have become is not the A.J. he grew up with in Georgia. We talked for hours that night, I don't know how long, but it was basically until we had to leave for practice the next morning. We talked about the good old days in our youth, our hot start in college, and how much fun the game used to be. And that is how I realized that football had stopped being fun for me. I know longer enjoyed that game I had devoted my life to. I broke down, told him I couldn't handle the negative attention I had been getting since I came to the NFL and he reminded me that I didn't handle the positive attention very well either. Everything he said was true, and he made me see that. I owe Bo everything, he saved me at my lowest point, and made me see how stupid I had been. It's a battle everyday, I am not going to pretend I am a completely different person now. I still struggle with the same things I have been struggling with, but at least now I can see that what I have been doing is foolish. That I am not some great hero, I am just another guy trying to make it in the league. I have done nothing to warrant being praised as TD Jesus and if I want to get to that level I need to make some changes. It's a long road, and a journey that will never end. But at least I get to take that journey with my best friend.
  3. Fuck you fans, solid? Have you ever even held a Slinky before? There's nothing solid about me.
  4. HUM-DIDDLY DO, A FUMBLE FOR YOU Detroit's Defense Continues to be a Turnover Machine in 23-7 Victory Over Tampa Detroit's Defense Celebrates a Fumble Recovery
  5. Omg we finally beat Tampa Bay!
  6. Damn I forgot how good Brown was in college
  7. KD pls <3 gg Death!
  8. Mfw I get 3 stars in recruiting
  9. Anything that's had to do with recruiting. (Except Aaron Samuelsson <3) Most notably going all in on KD. Pure frustration move I really wish I could take back at first I was okay with it but now I think it was the dumbest thing I've done on here
  10. Preheat to 400°F Lions cook up some turnovers in 17-7 Sunday Night win over the 49ers Todd Lester couldn't catch a break turning the ball over 3 times
  11. The Lions defense looking at turnovers like
  12. Updated, Thank you based Shields
  13. Top Cat Lions > Jaguars as Detroit steals one in overtime 23-20 Rob LeCount remains calm under pressure during Lions game winning drive in OT