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Aaron Berry knows he’s working on last chance

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The Jets had an obvious need at cornerback when they signed former Lion Aaron Berry, but they weren’t so desperate they didn’t investigate him thoroughly.

They did a background check, and got an endorsement from quarterbacks coach Matt Cavanaugh, who was on the Pitt staff that coached Berry in college.

“All precincts reported,” Jets coach Rex Ryan said of the check. “We feel Aaron has a chance to be successful on and off the field here. If we didn’t believe that, we wouldn’t bring him in here.”

The man he’s replacing, Darrelle Revis, also had a message for him.

“He just told me, ‘Learn from your mistakes and take advantage of this opportunity,’” Berry told USA Today’s Mike Garafolo. “‘Because you’re not going to get a third.’”

To his credit, Berry knows he’s standing at the plate with two strikes after a pair of offseason arrests which led to a three-game suspension.

Asked by Garafolo what he told the Jets, Berry admitted he screwed up.

“Did I make two big, dumb mistakes? Yes, I did. But am I a bad person? No,” Berry said. “And people who know me and supported me in this league and throughout college were able to get that through to them as well.

“[The Jets] trusted me, and I’d be a fool to let them down with another mistake.”

Now where would anyone get an idea like that?

Berry didn’t talk about his two arrests, one for DUI and another for waving a gun, both in his hometown of Harrisburg, Pa. His attorney, Corky Goldstein, said he’s close to rolling both charges into one plea deal which will result in around 72 hours of jail time plus probation, fines and community service.

Goldstein said Berry “should’ve left a note,” when he hit a parked car which led to the DUI, and explained the other charge involved “a very small revolver.”

Yes, because no one’s ever been hurt by teeny, tiny guns, and drunk drivers are safer when they leave notes with their insurance information.

Having such excuses made for him doesn’t speak to true contrition, but Berry is being given a chance to make amends. His actions, not his words or the words of a lawyer named Corky, will reveal his true character.

“You don’t get this opportunity too many times,” Berry said. “People would die to be in my shoes, so I don’t want to let that pass up ever again.”

He’s right about that part, and so is Revis on the issue of how many chances he’ll get.

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15 Responses to “Aaron Berry knows he’s working on last chance”
  1. h3min1230 says: Oct 2, 2012 10:12 AM

    Thats funny because so is his head coach! :D

  2. metalhead65 says: Oct 2, 2012 10:18 AM

    you only got the chance with the jets because they are desparate. it has nothing to do with if you are a bad guy or not. you could be a murderer but if you can play somebody will sign you. and somebody will take another chance on you when you get your third strike which is only a question of when not if.

  3. scothawk says: Oct 2, 2012 10:24 AM

    Im guessing most QB coaches in the league would endorse having Berry on opposing teams.

  4. 2ndaryinsanity says: Oct 2, 2012 10:26 AM

    If Berry really believes what his lawyer said, then it’s only a matter of time before Aaron does something else stupid. When that happens, I hope Berry is the only one who gets hurt. There is NO excuse for DUI’s and there’s definately no excuse to wave a gun around…not even a little gun.
    This roster move reeks of desperation. The Jets would have signed him regardless of what their “background check” uncovered.

  5. Stupid Lions Fan says: Oct 2, 2012 10:29 AM

    Berry is a below average CB and is a massive headache off the field. Rex Ryan will take anyone, this team is pathetic.

  6. johnnycash19 says: Oct 2, 2012 10:41 AM

    He’ll be out of the league by the end of the year.

    He called out the people that help pay his salary, by telling Lions fans to “go back to being broke and miserable”

    He got drunk and hit a couple cars.

    Then he pulled a firearm on 3 people.

    Yeah, he’s really learned from his mistakes. The next headline you’ll see from this guy is that he’s going to be in jail.

  7. thetechnocrat says: Oct 2, 2012 10:43 AM

    Hopefully he can turn his life and football career around, but actions are always louder than words.

  8. canesgiants says: Oct 2, 2012 10:46 AM

    Goldstein said Berry “should’ve left a note,” when he hit a parked car which led to the DUI, and explained the other charge involved “a very small revolver.”
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    maybe he should have said he shouldnt have been driving drunk and left the note part out and he was only in possession of a small gun–i mean it only shoots small bulletts so what damage can be done. probably only small. jeez lawyer sounds as smart as client

  9. ketch20too says: Oct 2, 2012 10:55 AM

    THIS is the guy you want to turn loose in NYC

  10. mazblast says: Oct 2, 2012 11:09 AM

    Corky Goldstein? Do you really want your legal situation in the hands of an adult named Corky?

  11. elroyjetsson says: Oct 2, 2012 11:32 AM

    Stupid Lions Fan says:
    Oct 2, 2012 10:29 AM
    Berry is a below average CB and is a massive headache off the field. Rex Ryan will take anyone, this team is pathetic.
    _____________________

    This coming from a team of criminals fan. At least you got your name right!

  12. bigdingyguy says: Oct 2, 2012 11:56 AM

    His lawyers comments… I am not sure weather to laugh historically or give up hope in humanity

  13. ningenito78 says: Oct 2, 2012 11:59 AM

    Goldstein said Berry “should’ve left a note,” when he hit a parked car which led to the DUI, and explained the other charge involved “a very small revolver.”

    Ah Corky. Nice to see you got a new career after Life Goes On.

  14. joewilliesshnoz says: Oct 2, 2012 12:09 PM

    I’m surprised the Bengals or Raiders didn’t sign him first.

  15. gmsalpha says: Oct 2, 2012 12:22 PM

    Eric Berry > Aaron Berry

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