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NFL safety net: an education

Accolades continue to pour in for University of Alabama cornerback and former Robinson High standout Javier Arenas, including being named an Associated Press All-American this week.

Yet it's also worth noting that Arenas earned a degree in public relations in just 3 1/2 years. While he's projected to be a high-round pick in next year's NFL draft, Arenas said he went to Alabama to get an education.

"You want the degree to be on the safe end because you never know what's going to happen," Arenas said Wednesday. "And no matter what happens, someday I'm going to come back to it."

Outgoing St. Petersburg College president Carl Kuttler may end up receiving $680,000 in unpaid vacation and sick time, but I guarantee the next president won't get that deal. ...

If you ask me, the penalty should be double if you swindle people by posing as a priest or minister. Of course, maybe it will be twice as bad for the guy in the afterlife. ...

Seen on a bumper sticker: Nerds 22 Ever.

When people learn about Valrico 12-year-old Zach Bonner, who named the year's most inspiring person Wednesday, they invariably ask, "Is he for real?"

I'm here to tell you no one is forcing the founder of The Little Red Wagon Foundation to stage cross-country walks to help homeless children. Bonner is genuine, caring and deserving.

I love telling teenagers they're experiencing the best years of their lives. But when I read that many have turned to marijuana to deal with stress, I wonder: Is that just an excuse, am I guilty of selective memory or has high school life radically changed in the last 30 years? ...

That's all I'm saying.

NFL safety net: an education 12/16/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, December 16, 2009 10:08pm]
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