Brian Price Was Sick For Valid ReasonsMay 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.