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Colt Lyerla: I was lost for a little while

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Tight end Colt Lyerla is on the field and practicing with the Packers, ending a period away from the field that began when he was kicked off the Oregon football team last year.

Lyerla’s departure from the team, subsequent arrest on drug charges and assorted other issues from his college days led to Lyerla going undrafted despite the kind of talent that is usually off the board in the first two days. The Packers decided to bring Lyerla on board in hopes that he’s able to find the right track and the tight end says he thinks that can happen.

“Once you’ve been to the bottom, you see what you need to do as a person and the changes you need to make,” Lyerla said, via the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “I think that’s going to help me become a better person in the locker room. I feel like I have a new home. I was kind of lost for a little while, but being here and being accepted here is truly great.”

Lyerla said that football is his only focus right now and the Packers are working with him to be more trusting of those around him in the locker room after that was a problem for Lyerla at Oregon. Predicting whether things will wind up falling into place for Lyerla is impossible, but there would seem to be worse places for him to try than with the stable leadership and high-level quarterback play they have in place in Green Bay.

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28 Responses to “Colt Lyerla: I was lost for a little while”
  1. knicksmets says: May 30, 2014 7:13 AM

    Hope he succeeds, if he can the packers got the self a steal.

  2. shaner73 says: May 30, 2014 7:14 AM

    Let’s hope this kid keeps his nose clean! (No pun intended)

  3. hansenbrothers says: May 30, 2014 7:15 AM

    I hope he becomes the next delaine walker for them

  4. Carl Gerbschmidt says: May 30, 2014 7:33 AM

    I think you all are about to see something special out of Colt and the rest of the Green Bay Packers.

  5. beerbratscheese says: May 30, 2014 7:33 AM

    This kid could land in the HoF, or he could land in prison. The choice is his. If he can just realize this offseason, the sky will be the limit for him.

  6. exboomer says: May 30, 2014 7:40 AM

    I hope he can get his life together. He has a great chance to have a successful career if he can.

  7. jimmysee says: May 30, 2014 8:07 AM

    Amazing Grace
    How sweet the storm
    That saved a wretch like me.
    I once was lost.
    But now I’m found.
    Was blind but now I see.

    Hope you can make it, Colt.

    We believe in redemption and second chances.

  8. lightningdj says: May 30, 2014 8:08 AM

    Best of luck turning things around.

  9. mrozma says: May 30, 2014 8:10 AM

    Follow your nose wherever it goes….

  10. firerogergoodell says: May 30, 2014 8:11 AM

    The next Mark Chmura! 3 pro-bowls then jail time haha.

  11. titansbro says: May 30, 2014 8:21 AM

    Lost? Kid, that’s an understatement.

  12. Asian Reporter Tricia Takanawa says: May 30, 2014 9:28 AM

    Depending on how this plays out with the public, perhaps Hernandez has just discovered his defense? “I was lost for a little while…”

  13. fin72 says: May 30, 2014 10:16 AM

    “The parents of the kids that supposedly died in the sandy hook situation are liars”… This was a tweet from Colt Lyerla, the guy that everybody here is now pulling for. I hope this piece of crap falls flat on his face.

  14. In Teddy We Trust says: May 30, 2014 10:39 AM

    I don’t know why everyone thinks Packer fans are delusional, just because they’re putting an undrafted free agent in the Hall of Fame.

  15. ariani1985 says: May 30, 2014 10:45 AM

    1. Another Packer Bust in the first round.
    Let’s take a look at their brilliance over the years.
    Sincerely,\
    2014- HE HE TIX TOX
    2013 – Dantone Jones -BUST
    2012 – Nick Perry – BUST
    2011 – Derek Sherrod -BUST
    2010 – Brian Bulaga – BUST
    2009 – BJ Raji – BUST (Fabio is getting close)
    2008 – NO Pick
    2007 – Justin Harrell – BUST
    2006 – AJ HAWK – BUST
    2005 – Ahmad Carroll – BUST
    2001 – Jamal Reynolds – BUST
    2000 – Bubba Franks – BUST
    1999 – Antuan Edwards -BUST
    1997 – Ross Verba – BUST
    1996 – John Michels – EPIC BUST
    1995 – Aaron Taylor – BUST
    1992 – Terrell Buckley – EPIC BUST
    1991 – Vinnie Clark – BUST
    1990 – Tony Bennett – BUST
    1989 – Tony Mandarich – BIGGEST BUST IN NFL HISTORY!

  16. trapshoot says: May 30, 2014 10:54 AM

    He probably has a better chance of turning his life around in Green Bay than he would in any other NFL city.

  17. whatjusthapped says: May 30, 2014 11:05 AM

    Look at this way, the kid was graded by the so called draft experts as a 2nd rounder or so based on his performance at the Combine and his play in college.

    So the Packers take a chance on the kid, he could end up starting or he could contribute on special teams but nobody doubts he has the talent to be a NFL player.

    In the end he has a slot of one of 90 players headed toward training camp. This is what a GM should do, not wasting 2 first round draft picks in 4 years on 2 QB busts.

  18. claymatthewscromagnonforehead says: May 30, 2014 11:19 AM

    Graded as a 2nd rounder? According to some of you he’s already a future Hall of Famer.

  19. charmcitychampions says: May 30, 2014 11:57 AM

    Why do we insist on giving everyone a “free pass”? Why not forgive, allow an opportunity to live a good life, but don’t ever forget. Most times a persons criminal actions and past still count against them and SHOULD. There should always be some sort of burden to carry forward for being a pos in the past.

    Sorry if that means that some football players don’t get to realize their lifelong dream. Maybe then some other players who put in the work, worked hard and did the right things to maximize their potential all along the way get their shot instead. Lots of guys in this country are installing cable or working an assembly line probably didn’t dream of doing that for a living, and they most likely never had a golden opportunity TO piss away.

  20. chai1955 says: May 30, 2014 11:58 AM

    Keep working hard, Colt. Hope to see you succeed with the Packers for many years.

  21. hack19 says: May 30, 2014 1:39 PM

    It is much easier to be self righteous than to be forgiving or understanding, especially for those who have never made their own mistakes (in their eyes).

  22. axespray says: May 30, 2014 3:08 PM

    Packers won two superbowls and have dominated the division for the last two decades.

    Not bad for a team filled with nothing but “busts”.

  23. vincelombardisghost says: May 30, 2014 5:49 PM

    Let he who hasn’t said or done some stupid things as a young person be the first to criticize Colt. Every person deserves a second chance and sometimes more. He’s been humbled and has every motivation to prove himself now. Let’s ride the young Colt all the way to another Super Bowl win, which will be the ultimate redemption for him.

  24. stellarperformance says: May 30, 2014 7:52 PM

    charmcitychampions says:
    May 30, 2014 11:57 AM
    There should always be some sort of burden to carry forward for being a pos in the past.
    /////////////////////

    Thank you for that…..Lord Jesus.

  25. stellarperformance says: May 30, 2014 8:08 PM

    All these busts and the Packers continue to own the Vikings year after year. How does that work?

  26. chumleyofthenorthwoods says: May 30, 2014 11:31 PM

    Bane!!!!

  27. tokyosandblaster says: May 31, 2014 1:10 AM

    I think everyone agrees that if this kid can focus on football, he will be a better player than anyone the Vikings have had on their team since Brett Favre retired.

  28. wallbanger2 says: May 31, 2014 3:35 AM

    Hmm…wasn’t Clay Matthews a 1st rounder?

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