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Pace suspension means Gholston time

Posted on: July 2, 2009 3:11 pm
Edited on: July 2, 2009 3:11 pm
Vernon Gholston, the New York Jets need you.

Gholston, the team's first-round pick last year, struggled big time as a rookie outside linebacker in 2008. But with a new staff led by coach Rex Ryan, the thinking is Gholston will show more.

Wtih the news coming down Thursday that Jets outside linebacker Calvin Pace will be suspended for the first four games for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing drugs, Gholston has to show up big.

Bryan Thomas will start on one side and with Pace down it will force Gholston in on the other. Or so we would think. Gholston hasn't exactly lit up things this off-season.

As for Pace, he issued a statement Thursday. In it, he said he used an over-the-counter dietary supplement.

"I am responsible for what I put in my body," Pace said. "I regret this has happened and apologize to my teammates, the entire Jets organization as well as the fans. Hopefully this does not distract from our ultimate goal of winning a Super Bowl."

The Jets? This year? Not quite, Calvin.
Category: NFL

Since: Dec 2, 2007
Posted on: July 21, 2009 10:43 pm

Pace suspension means Gholston time

Vernon Gholston is currently the Career Sack Leader at Ohio State! He was Fantastic in College!
I think that given a little more experience, he will be future a Pro Bowler!!!
One thing you have to think about, is that most rookie's in the NFL don't do much in their first year. (At any position)
Good Luck Gholston! I wish you the Best! 

Since: Jun 17, 2007
Posted on: July 5, 2009 1:26 pm

Pace suspension means Gholston time

As for Pace, he issued a statement Thursday. In it, he said he used an over-the-counter dietary supplement. Pace suspension means Risk Management time!

This problem certainly seems to be snowballing in the NFL. It is a problem for the players, teams, and the NFL as a whole. When a player says, "I didn't know..." they could very well be telling the truth. The manufacturers of over-the-counter (otc) dietary supplements can and do change their formulations at will.

I would like to see the league, owners, and NFLPA take a proactive approach to resolving this problem.

First and foremost, lets have some open and honest dialogue between these three groups to find effective resolution to the problem.

A short term solution could be for the team to manage the use of otc supplements including lot testing for the NFL banned substances by an independent lab. Then it would be the players responsibility to use only team approved otcs.

A possible long-term solution would be to develop an NFL Seal of Approval for these supplements that would require submission for testing all new and reformulated products.

Something like this could be good for all parties involved including the manufacturers. I am sure that other professional athletes, amatuer athletes, and the general public would purchase these products.

Actions such as these would be much better than maintaining the status quo of pointing fingers, sitting on your hands, or professing ignorance.

These potential solutions would in no way affect the NFL's current drug testing policies.

Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: July 3, 2009 4:39 pm

Pace suspension means Gholston time

RoyMan, cut Gholston some slack.  He was a 4-3 DE in college, and the Jets have moved him to OLB.  He is a freak athlete, and will ultimately do well...but it takes a little time to learn a new position (as if the transition from college to NFL is not enough).  That said, now is the time for him to step it up.  This is a golden opportunity for him to show what he can do.

Since: Oct 11, 2007
Posted on: July 3, 2009 11:58 am

Pace suspension means Gholston time

I dont think so man.  Like I said, its the SECOND time you test positive that they suspend you.  This means he has already failed the test once that we didn't know about

Since: Oct 11, 2007
Posted on: July 3, 2009 11:56 am

Pace suspension means Gholston time

Yet another guy who "took a dietary supplement".  This garbage has to stop.  They use them to mask steriods.  We need to either get serious and actaully crack down on these clowns or just legalize steriods (not my first choice lol).  Seriously though, how did he get caught TWICE taking a "dietary Supplement".  The first time COULD (though probably wasnt) have been an accident.  Thats why the first warning is not public.  its the SECOND time that you get caught that suspends you.

Now I think the NFL has the best drug policy in the Big Four (if the NHL still counts) but still, this garbage has to end

Since: Mar 4, 2009
Posted on: July 3, 2009 9:06 am

Pace suspension means Gholston time

Motivation? Please! If the twenty something million gauranteed money he got doesn't inspire him, what will? Great players work hard, study hard and play hard. You can call him all the names you want to. He doesn't care because he still gets paid regardless if he's good, or if he stinks.

Since: Feb 22, 2008
Posted on: July 3, 2009 2:14 am

Pace suspension means Gholston time

"He's a freak and a beast, eh? Comparing him to a WR, eh? Great analysis."
Calvin Pace, not Calvin Johnson. Way to read, Dr. Smart.

Since: Jun 22, 2007
Posted on: July 2, 2009 10:18 pm

Pace suspension means Gholston time

yea you slap that label on him. that'll show him. maybe i should do that for justin harrell... packers could use his help. if only i knew it was that easy a few seasons ago...

Since: Mar 10, 2009
Posted on: July 2, 2009 4:42 pm

Pace suspension means Gholston time

as much as i hate the jets, i have to admit that pace seems to be handling this well and i believe him when he says it was an accident. he owned up to his mistake. kudos to him for it.

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: July 2, 2009 3:53 pm

Pace suspension means Gholston time

Calvin Pace had 7 sacks last year... the defense can live without his monstrous production over 4 games. It comes out to less than 2 sacks for the math wizards out there. He's Calvin pace not mean joe greene. Gholston had to step up regardless, for contract and other reasons. It's another convo altogether. Don't be surprised if UDFA Westerman steps in early, Rex has taken a real shine to him.

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