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Stephen Garcia fighting odds to reach NFL dream

Posted on: February 21, 2012 2:28 pm

Former South Carolina quarterback Stephen Garcia wasn't among the 300-plus prospects invited to this week's Scouting Combine, but he is still working hard to convince scouts to give him a shot at the NFL.

Garcia participated in the Battle of Florida all-star game and took part in one of the regional scouting combines that were set up this year. He's waiting to hear if he'll be selected for a "super regional combine" scheduled for March 30 at Ford Field in Detroit.

It has been a long road for Garcia, a one-time prized recruit who was kicked off the South Carolina team last year for drinking alcohol when he was given a no tolerance policy from coach Steve Spurrier following five previous suspensions.

However, Spurrier is allowing Garcia to participate in South Carolina's March 28 pro day, and the quarterback said he's committed to proving to NFL teams that he does not have a problem with alcohol.

"I want to meet with the NFL and prove that I'm not an alcoholic," Garcia told's Aaron Wilson. "I've learned from my mistakes."

"I've learned how immature I really was. I just didn't know exactly how important everything was until after I made all of those mistakes. I was trying to be like every other college kid, but you can't do that as a starting quarterback

Garcia is the 26th-rated quarterback available in April's draft by, and is currently viewed as unlikely to be drafted. However, he could sign as a priority free agent and get that opportunity to prove himself in an NFL camp.


Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: February 24, 2012 12:39 pm

Stephen Garcia fighting odds to reach NFL dream

If I had any advice for this puffy faced alcoholic it would be this: COLD TURKEY BROTHA! Leave that mess alone.... get it out of your house altogether and never touch the stuff. Avoid situations where you will be tempted, and cut ties,  no matter how close. Because if a friend or family member can't support what should be your decision not to drink at all, then they aren't looking out for your best interest and you don't need them. And if life sucks that bad sober... blow your brains out because you're no good to anyone, much less an NFL team. And stop denying you're a drunk. 6 occurances... If the rule ignoring Spurrier kicked you off his team... you have a problem.  

Since: Sep 4, 2007
Posted on: February 23, 2012 9:23 pm

Stephen Garcia fighting odds to reach NFL dream

He has a snowball's chance in he11 actually. Marcus Lattimore was the whole offense, even with Alshon Jeffrey this Bozo could not sustain drives. Very few teams will roll the dice on a drunken QB whose best days are already behind him.

Since: Nov 25, 2010
Posted on: February 23, 2012 12:44 pm

Stephen Garcia fighting odds to reach NFL dream

I know a LOT of college kids that went out and partied (or just did it at the frat house) and turned out to be perfectly fine.  These are kids.  Kids party when they're in college.  Lots of people drink.  That doesn't make them alcoholics.  If that's all this was, people are blowing it way out of proportion.  If it didn't affect his play or day-to-day life, don't make an issue of it.  'nuff said.

Since: Feb 8, 2012
Posted on: February 23, 2012 12:41 pm

Stephen Garcia fighting odds to reach NFL dream

Showing up drunk to philanthropic events or other community outreaches endorsed by the football team at 8pm on a Tuesday is not "being a college kid." That is having a problem.  Let's call it what it is, a problem with alcohol.  Best of luck to Stephen as he moves forward and hopefully sobers up.

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: February 22, 2012 3:02 pm

Stephen Garcia fighting odds to reach NFL dream

If this guy gets ANOTHER chance, the NFL should be ashamed of themselves.  He does not deserve to get another shot, tryout or anything like that.  Once he gets that big money and figures out the drug testing system, he'll be Erik Ainge the Second...

Since: Oct 1, 2007
Posted on: February 22, 2012 11:54 am

Stephen Garcia fighting odds to reach NFL dream

Uh, dude, I'm pretty sure your an alcoholic. Six times seems to be a bit outside the acceptable level of alcohol related suspensions, especially for a starting quarterback. Admitting that you have a problem and showing some sort of interest in getting some help would go much farther towards showing NFL teams that you have, in fact learned your lesson. I like Garcia, and hope he can turn it around.

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