Lyerla makes pitch to get back in NFL

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It’s hard to call tight end Colt Lyerla a former NFL player because he never really made it to the NFL.  He nevertheless wants back in.  Or simply in.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter tweeted on Sunday morning the link to a recent item from Tyson Alger of the Oregonian regarding Lyerla’s recent pitch to the NFL via videos posted on Twitter as part of a series he calls “The Resurrection.”

“To the NFL teams out there, obviously there’s been a lot of bad decisions made in the past,” Lyerla says in the video, which also includes clips from a recent workout in which he runs various pass routes.  “But like I said the past is the past and it’s going to stay in the past.”

The Packers signed Lyerla as an undrafted free agent last year.  He was waived-injured after suffering a knee injury and then reached an injury settlement, which paid him through Week Eight.  Lyerla thereafter was arrested for DUI, which became his latest off-field incident in a string that included an arrest for cocaine possession, suggesting that the Sandy Hook shooting was a governmental conspiracy, assault charges that later were dropped, skipping classes and practices in high school, ultimately quitting the team at Oregon.

Lyerla explains in the video that the DUI charge from last September was “officially dismissed,” but he admits that he has been in the NFL’s substance-abuse program for a year and a half and hasn’t failed a drug test.  (It’s not known precisely how long he has been in the NFL’s substance-abuse program; if he’s truly been in for 18 months, he would have entered the program in October 2013, seven months before he was undrafted.)

As to the injury that ended his time with the Packers — a torn PCL and MCL in his knee — Lyerla says he opted against surgery, allowing it to instead heal on it’s own.  It apparently has; remember J.J. Watt’s recent 61-inch box jump?  Lyerla did 62 inches.

One of several talented players who weren’t drafted last year due to off-field issues, it could be even harder for Lyerla this time around, given that the NFL has shifted its attitude toward players with problems away from the field (i.e., you’ve got to be extremely talented and not just really talented to qualify for an exception) and that he’s competing with a fresh crop of players emerging from the college ranks.

51 responses to “Lyerla makes pitch to get back in NFL

  1. He’s a certifiable nut job and in the current climate it’s really hard to see making room on a roster for someone like that. Especially with no record of any NFL production at all. Some GM may give him a look but that GM better have guaranteed job security.

  2. He was in the Packers training camp all of last summer and everyone who covered the team came away very unimpressed. Tight End was a weak spot for Green Bay last year and he wouldn’t have even made the team.

  3. I’d be OK with the Packers giving him another look.
    He seemed to be doing alright last year until he blew out his knee.
    Guy could really be something if he got his head on straight.

  4. He was doing well in Packers camp until the torn MCL PCL. I would expect him back here with another shot to make the team or PS. He was doing a good job starting out of trouble until he was pushed away from the game. Green Bay’s excellent locker leadership is likely the cause.

  5. jhein23 says:
    Apr 26, 2015 9:19 AM
    He was in the Packers training camp all of last summer and everyone who covered the team came away very unimpressed. Tight End was a weak spot for Green Bay last year and he wouldn’t have even made the team.

    You know how I know you don’t live in Green Bay, never attended a single practice or paid any attention to mini-camp press last year?

  6. The Packers haven’t even mentioned they were interested in him yet for this year.

    That said, I’m sure he’s still practice squad eligible. Keep him on a short of a leash as least year and give him a try. Low risk/high reward potential.

    It wouldn’t bother me if they gave him another chance; it wouldn’t bother me if they wash their hands of him.

  7. How does someone not in the NFL participate in a league substance abuse program? Can anyone who ever had a tryout sign up?

  8. “Anyone who would sign this guy must be in the Lawrence Phillips fan club.”

    Obviously Lyerla has some problems, but c’mon. Phillips was arrested for beating his girlfriend, throwing her down a flight of stairs, assault, vandalism, and running over kids during a pickup football game.

    Lyerla was arrested for cocaine possession and a DUI. His off the field problems before he was dismissed from Oregon were more around lack of commitment to football. He certainly wasn’t a woman beater.

  9. He has one thing going for him: this is a thin draft at TE. Someone who wants a low-cost option may give him a camp shot.

  10. He woke up one morning and just decided not to be a psycho anymore. Sounds great. Now to erase everyone’s memory with the magical spell “the past is the past.”

  11. Million dollar football talent. Ten cent brain.

    I wouldn’t mind seeing him back in Packer camp. A lot of strong, good people to keep him in line there.

    Brett Favre was a lazy drunk when he got to Green Bay. He got over that and a painkiller addiction after being injured besides.

    If Lyerla is straight upstairs, he’s worth a shot.

  12. magnumpimustache says:
    Apr 26, 2015 9:16 AM
    “Michael Sam was invited to the veteran combine and never made a team.”

    In spite of his college accolades, Michael Sam is a borderline NFL talent.

    Plus he’s a solid citizen.

    Colt Lyerla is pretty much the opposite. Extreme physical talent, no college accolades, and a history of bad decisions.

  13. Don’t really get the point of reference to Sandy Hook. Unless you are trying to make him an unsympathetic figure to the masses. Many conspiracy theorists believe events like these are government created and funded to achieve their set agenda’s.

    I personally think anybody who thinks that Sandy Hook tragedy was a set up by the Obama admin. to push forth gun control bills is an idiot, but they certainly have the right to think that…. (and I am a conservative Obama non-defender) but to think that Obama would ok any event to target children and teachers to get a point across is laughable at best.
    I just do not think that his opinion of that matters at this point. He has a lot more pressing issues on whether he should play or not that are far more relevant to his risk/reward behavior on the field.

  14. If he doesn’t like government , that makes me want to root for him , in and of itself.

  15. billsfan1 says:
    Apr 26, 2015 11:51 AM
    “Don’t really get the point of reference to Sandy Hook. Unless you are trying to make him an unsympathetic figure to the masses. Many conspiracy theorists believe events like these are government created and funded to achieve their set agenda’s.”

    There are idiots, and there are idiots. Some things tip the rest of the world off that you are not operating in the rational universe.
    Dealing with a dummy is one thing. Dealing with someone who is disconnected from reality is something else.

  16. If the Packers are targeting a TE in the draft and don’t get the one they want, then I think they give this kid another try. His upside is significant. He’d come in knowing this is absolutely his last chance – and the excellent leadership and coaching in Green Bay could set this guy on a path to an established NFL career.

    Plus, if he blossomed, then EVERY position on the Packers would have a talent that’s better than what’s on the Vikings….

  17. First to Billsfan1…you are absolutely correct about the Sandy Hook tragedy. Also a conservative, but would never believe our government capable of such a thing. Guess Lyerla’s entitled to his opinion, though.
    As for his on-field prospects, if a team has a need at the TE position, it probably couldn’t hurt to bring him in for a look-see at a minimum salary, to see if he can produce, as well as keep his head on straight. If either one or both proved negative, they could just dump him. Nothing ventured, nothing gained, and no great loss.

  18. “Packers seem to love the drama! You would think after 6 arrests this off-season they would cool it!”

    Please name the 6 arrests and players. Oh wait……you can’t.

    But here’s what I got for you. In that time frame only one Packer player (Guion) was arrested, even though he was technically not even a Packer player at time since he was a Free Agent. It takes awhile to rub the filth off of player corrupted by the Viking jailhouse squad.

    11/25/13: Vikings CB A.J. Jefferson is arrested for domestic assault.
    1/1/14: Vikings LB Erin Henderson is arrested on suspicion of DUI.
    9/13/14: Vikings RB Adrian Peterson surrenders on charges of reckless or negligent injury to a child.

    9/13/14: Vikings RB Adrian Peterson surrenders on charges of reckless or negligent injury to a child.

    12/29/14: Vikings CB Jabari Price is arrested for DWI.

  19. He would be a classic Belick reclamation project if it wasn’t for two reason: the Sandy hook reference is too close to home and he plays tight end, another nut job TE we can do without!

  20. He will end up with the Vikings for sure. Any player who either does not have what it takes or lost what it takes to be a Packer, the Vikings go after full force. Not to mention he’s a criminal. He is the full Queen package.

  21. ariani1985 says:
    Apr 26, 2015 9:58 AM

    Packers seem to love the drama! You would think after 6 arrests this off-season they would cool it!
    **************************************************************

    Please Ariani, name off the 6 arrests and players they involved this past offseason.
    I bet you couldn’t name off 6 Packer players who were arrested in the last 6 years.

    You are nothing but a liar. Nothing new from a purple troll.

  22. Calling videos of himself running routes on Twitter “the Resurrection” pretty much tells NFL GM’s all they need to know about him.

  23. If I were to sign him for anything, one of the very first things I would do with him is get him to a doctor and have him examined for ADHD. Just on the surface, it appears he has a pretty severe case (judging from past behavior). If he’s positive, get him on Adderall. It appears to help people with the disease. (But I don’t know. I know about the drugs I know about. Adderall isn’t one of them.)

  24. If he’s any good, somebody will sign him. If you have talent, your character doesn’t mean a thing in the NFL. Sure, people deserve second chances, but not third, fourth, and fifth chances.

  25. Regarding ariani, people lie to obtain protection. This is straight from the shrink’s bible: Liars do it to avoid suffering painful consequences, and to protect themselves from shame, embarrassment, or conflict.

    That pretty much explains it.

  26. “to think that Obama would ok any event to target children and teachers to get a point across is laughable at best.”
    ————————–

    I believe the theory is that it was a scripted event. The former Executive Director of the National Institute for School and Workplace Safety, school principal, and police officer named Wolfgang Halbig points out that one of the very first things you would have seen is lifeline helicopters and EMTs rushing in to help the injured, but that it never happened.

    He lists 16 unanswered questions on his website about the subject. Just though I’d point that out. I personally don’t know what happened either way; as I wasn’t there.

  27. “Also a conservative, but would never believe our government capable of such a thing.”
    —————-

    It was recently declassified that the Joint Chiefs of staff planned to bomb and crash airliners into US cities and blame it on Cuba in order to start a war. They all signed off on it as a go before JFK shot it down. It was called Operation Northwoods.

    This alone goes to show some in government are perfectly willing to kill their own citizenry in order to further their own ends.

  28. The scary thing is….these wack-job conspiracy theorists have the right to vote!

  29. Lyerla’s recent pitch to the NFL via videos posted on Twitter as part of a series he calls “The Resurrection.”
    ———————–
    Seriously? A Twitter campaign? He thinks a Twitter campaign could land him another second chance?

    Society is doomed.

  30. stellarperformance wrote: The scary thing is….these wack-job conspiracy theorists have the right to vote!

    The scarier thing is that most of them have the right to own guns.

  31. Loads of talent, a great amount of physical potential. Last year there were lots of reports coming out of camp about how impressive he looked at times on the field with his athleticism. However, that was a pretty major knee injury, and who knows how well this guy has been training/rehabbing since the Packers let him go.

    Could he make a roster? Yeah, it is a very weak TE draft this season, so a young, talented athlete has a chance. But, he may not have the mental dedication to do it and stay clean.

  32. since it was reported by PFT of the abundance of low IQ high ego TEs he should have a shot to make someones team. I dont see why so many folks are against players getting second chances.

    Nobody wants to admit that these players leave these colleges not ready to deal with adult issues and situations. A player is coddled on every level from pee wee to college given everything without question and you expect that to change when they get million dollar contracts. Thats why you see adult size kids spending like the world is TOYSRUS and they have a million dollar gift card from Grammy.

  33. “To the NFL teams out there, obviously there’s been a lot of bad decisions made in the past,”

    The passive voice tells you all you need to know. The guy doesn’t really accept responsibility for his actions. A ten foot pole isn’t long enough.

  34. I wouldn’t mind the Packers bringing him back, but I wouldn’t be upset if they didn’t either. He got hurt being silly while trying to make a play to impress the coaches to help his chances of making the team. Had he not gotten hurt, it probably would have worked. At least his off-field issues aren’t violent.

  35. Well.. it is easy to condemn others with harsh words.. its easy to offer words of ridicule for someones’ faults and doing it without the full knowledge of the situation.. and it’s easy to be a coward mocking others without ever to walking in their shoes.. it’s the mark of an unseasoned, naive and uncaring individual that uses vile words to pick on people when they are down.
    I think if Colt wants to better his life.. let him.. I’d recommend he join another league for a year or two first and prove himself with actions..then the options for this league would present themselves without anybody having to make a “pitch”. Nobody wants a pitch.. we want someone who shows in action that they are sincere. If he had a good manager, Colt could do this without ever moving his lips

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