Aaron Berry: Road to Redemption
Jake Steinberg , TheJetsBlog.com
When Darrelle Revis was a star at the University of Pittsburgh, management came to him and asked him to help recruit a CB from Harrisburg, Pa.’s Bishop McDevitt High School by the name of Aaron Berry. Revis obliged, and took Berry under his wing. Revis even hosted him when Berry made his official visit to the campus.
Fast forward many years later, and the two are still close. Revis and Berry workout together in the offseason and remain good friends. So when Revis went down with a season ending torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, the Jets needed to make a move to sign a CB. Ironically, the guy they chose to replace Revis? None other than Berry himself.
But why was Berry, a very talented player who was projected to start for Detroit after having a very impressive 2011 season where he recorded 31 tackles and 11 passes defended even available? Well, as USA TODAY Sports notes, the Lions cut him in July following a pair of arrests – one for allegedly pointing a gun at three people in a parking lot in Harrisburg and another for suspicion of DUI.
Mike Garafolo spoke to Berry on the phone Monday night. Berry told Garafolo that Revis had some sound advice for him, “He just told me, ‘Learn from your mistakes and take advantage of this opportunity, because you’re not going to get a third.'”
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell suspended Berry for the first three games of the NFL season, but reinstated him this past week. Berry is grateful for the opportunity, and promises he will be on his best behavior. “(The Jets) trusted me, and I’d be a fool to let them down with another mistake.”
“You don’t get this opportunity too many times. People would die to be in my shoes, so I don’t want to let that pass up ever again.”