Third-year corner Aaron Berry did something over the weekend that many thought to be the impossible for an NFL player.
He screwed up so bad, that he was actually released.
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But Berry did something fairly noble in the aftermath. He released a statement accepting full responsibility for his mistake. Here's the text in full, from his agent Audie Attar's website:
"Words cannot describe how embarrassed I am right now. I've let my family, my teammates, my coaches and the entire Detroit Lions organization, including the fans, down, and I'm so sorry. I know it sounds crazy to some people, but I know I will continue to get better and grow from this unfortunate experience, I have no choice but to get better.
"There are always two sides to every story, and the legal process will be where I will tell my side regarding this recent incident. I love the game of football, and still feel I have a bright future ahead of me. I've worked my butt off this off-season, and I hope to be able to help some team in the NFL win games. As I continue to grow as a father, a friend, a teammate, and into the man I want to be.
"I want to thank Coach (Jim) Schwartz, Coach (Gunther) Cunningham, (general manager) Martin Mayhew, and all the Lions staff, players, and fan base for such a wonderful opportunity where I was able to showcase all of my football skills. Again, I'm so sorry for letting you all down."
The statement amazed me when I read it. Honestly, it blew me away. I mean, an NFL player who was humble enough to admit that he was wrong, and even went as far as to offer up a sincere apology for his mistake.
Berry is young enough to still have a pretty bright future in the National Football League. He's admitted himself into rehab, and his agent says he hopes to make a full comeback once he's completed his program.
I'm pulling for him, and hopefully, he'll be playing in the NFL again very soon.