Brian Price Was Sick For Valid Reasons

May 18th, 2012

When the Bucs had their OTAs this week, there were three absentees:

Kellen Winslow, who normally is allergic to OTAs.

Dezmon Briscoe, for reasons unknown, but he finds the time to retweet messages on Twitter from women who drool over his posterior.

Brian Price, who was too sick to practice.

Woody Cummings of the Tampa Tribune found out what made Price sick, and not only was Joe sick reading about this, but Bucs fans need to back off the guy for not practicing this week.

Price was so shaken and distraught over his sister being killed in a traffic accident, he found himself in a local hospital.

The toll so far includes a degree of mental and physical exhaustion that resulted in a hospital stay here in Tampa that began on Monday and didn’t end until late Thursday, Price’s agent said.

“He was ready to go with the OTAs (organized team activities) starting up on Tuesday, but between a complete lack of sleep and all that he has been dealing with from this loss, he just couldn’t do it,” Charles Price said.

“You never want to use the term ‘physical exhaustion,’ but there’s really no other way to describe it. He was dehydrated and after dealing with so much, his body just shut down on him.”

From Cummings’ article, his older sister was like a second mother. Price grew up in the rough neighborhoods of Los Angeles and lost two brothers to gang violence. Price worked himself out of these miserable conditions and went to UCLA and got a degree.

Now he’s trying to battle back from a freak injury to further better his life.

It still blows Joe’s mind that with so many Bucs players loafing and taking advantage of Raheem Morris last year, that Morris chose Price of all people to run out of the stadium in the middle of a game like some high school kid.

Learning of Price’s sister’s death, Joe has even more reasons to pull for the guy to dominate this season.

26 Responses to “Brian Price Was Sick For Valid Reasons”

  1. js1506 Says:

    Bye bye Briscoe… don’t worry you’ll always have the td catch week 17 2010 at new orleans.

  2. Buddhaboy Says:

    Yeah joe, that was coach rah’s perverbial nail in the coffin moment. Throwing out a guy who plays hurt and gives his all, while continually looking the other way at winslow, talib, tjack, etc….what a bum.

  3. Joe Says:


    Yeah joe, that was coach rah’s perverbial nail in the coffin moment.

    Think you are right. Think it was at that moment he lost the team for good.

  4. SilenceTheCritics Says:

    Thats horrible news. My thoughts and prayers go out to his friends and family. Get back on the field and make her proud BP.

  5. Westcoastbucsfan Says:

    How could you not pull for this guy to dominate? At this point he is used to overcoming adversity and hopefully uses it as fuel to be an even better player.

    Thoughts and prayers go out to him and his family.

    GO BUCS!!

  6. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    First of all, my thoughts and prayers go out to him and his family. That guy has had to deal with more tragedy than I hope any of us ever have to. I met him after the Atlanta game in Atlanta last year, and he couldn’t have been any nicer. I am shocked at how he just can’t seem to catch a break.

    Second of all, I would like to say how much of an idiot I was for defending Raheem Morris with that incident last year. I feel like a complete idiot, and I couldn’t have been any more wrong. I really don’t know what I was thinking.

  7. espo Says:

    Hawaiian Buc, you were defending your coach. In hindsight, he made us all wrong.

  8. funkymunkey Says:

    This guy really can’t catch a break. Whether its from a coach who has no idea on how to run a team or his players properly. Or losing three brothers and sisters at such a young age! He had no say in where he was raised and mad props for him actually going to college and the more important part, getting a degree as well!! I hope he uses this tragedy as fuel for his already strong fire. But one could not be mad if it lingered on. I cannot imagine losing either one of my brothers. Let alone both!!!

    I bashed this pick when we drafted him. I listened to the reporters too much and let them make up my mind with him! He has done better than GMC and works his a$$ off!! I have no problem saying I was wrong with him. Hopefully he comes back and now with a better D behind him. Maybe he can have a beast season and honor his big sis. I would have no problem having her initials on our jerseys this season. Doubt it would happen…but that would show loyalty and hopefully give the guys that little bit extra motivation that always helps out!!

    BP has already beaten the first major statistic being that he made it past 21. He also has the degree and plays for a NFL team. Gotta love it!!!

  9. Macabee Says:

    First, to Brian and the Price family, my sincere condolences for their loss. I really hope he can handle the psychological trauma associated with such a tradegy. This guy has truly been through enough to break most people!

    As I recall now, I read this in a comment from a poster Tuesday in a BleacherReport article on Bucs OTAs and dismissed it because it sounded incredible.

  10. teacherman777 Says:

    Much love to Brian Pice. Dont forget “fans” that if you love the Bucs then you gotta show love for the souls under the jerseys.

    These young men are still just people at heart.

    So, show love, compassion, and respect.

    One love. And Jah bless Brian and his family.

  11. Eric Says:

    Man that’s awful. Two brothers both shot and killed too?

    Then the sister dies in car crash.

    Can’t even imagine what that must be like.

  12. funkymunkey Says:

    Jah Bless…and No Stress!!

  13. TrueBlue Says:

    It’s now evident that Brian Price’s contribution to ‘our’ team (players and fans) goes far beyond what happens on the football field. My heartfelt condolences to you Brian, and my thanks for setting an example of courage and resilience that far exceeds your draft position. We are all winners because of you.

  14. Burl Morgan Says:

    Brian, you have more friends than you may ever know at this time. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family, just remember to always look up.

  15. Deminion Says:

    My heart goes out to B Price and his family

  16. BigMacAttack Says:

    This is so sad and I wish him all the best. He has had so many obstacles to overcome in the last few years. It is good that he has the team to help him through this, being that he is so far from home. It sounds as if he is getting healed from the injuries, and what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. I’m glad Brian is a Buc and believe he will become an inspiration for all those around him.

  17. OAR Says:

    My heart goes out to Price and his family. I have lost my sister also, but can’t imagine going through that afterall the other tragedy he’s been through. I also just read he’s going to adopt her kids. What a great man! Stay strong Brian.

  18. jvato24 Says:

    Definitely pulling for Brian Price as a person … If he Dominates on the football field .. GREAT … if not I just hope he finds solid ground and has a good life … Adrian Clayborn also lost his brother to thugs.

    Brian Price has already set up arrangements to adopt his sisters 7 and 9 year old kids. I guess she was his closest family member when he lost his brothers.

    And yeah, when Morris threw Price out of the Game I started the “Refresh” page marathon waiting to see his A$$ take a HIKE.

  19. Have A Nice Day Says:

    [HAND: There is ZERO evidence to suggest what you wrote about Brian Price and to be honest, that’s way below the belt. — Joe]

  20. Have A Nice Day Says:

    This can crush a man. I hope he and the children can get through it relatively unscathed over the long run. Very tragic.

  21. Digger Says:

    This kid has been through more at his age then any of us can relate to, and he’s adopting his nephews. My love for this team just got a little bit more personal

  22. Eric Says:

    I suggest he read Mr. Dunn’s book “Running for My Life” where he outlines his fight with depression after his mother was murdered.

    Very inspirational.

  23. David Says:

    Ok, I give all my condolences to Price and his family. But, I watched the game where Morris threw Price out and I still agree on him pulling him out the game. I do not agree in which the manner he did it. He should have lost his temper with his team way earlier than this moment. The defense had FINALLY stopped somebody and he goes and gets a personla foul giving the other team a first down. Now good guy-bad guy, loafer-hard worker…doesn’t matter, you have to be smarter than that. But I hope he comes back with a chip and smarter than he was last year. GO BUCS!

  24. Sgt Mike Says:

    And this my friends is why I get most of my Bucks news from JBF and not from most of the dipstick pen and mic schmucks. While I don’t always agree with Joe or some of his followers, Joe usually is a straight shooter on Buds news and opinion. Thanks Joe for again keeping it real. Go Bucs!

  25. Sgt Mike Says:

    Oh and yes my condolences to the Price family and to BP I for one am rooting for you 100%.

  26. White Tiger Says:

    I was sick when I heard this news – and Raheem’s treatment of Price, who In my opinion has always played with more fire than his higher paid linemate, angered me.

    I’m pulling for the guy, hoping he can gain some perspective and move forward. Sometimes it seems like life is hunting you…God bless him.