Over the last two years, I’ve made no secret about the fact that I am a monster Jermichael Finley fan. I think the kid has what it takes to be a special player for the Packers. Of course, the big worry with Finley has always been his maturity level and how he would handle being a professional athlete. And there were glimpses of that immaturity his rookie season. But it seemed as though Finley had put most of that behind him and was excelling both on and off the field in 2009.
Well, as they used to say in VH-1′s Behind the Music: “Backstage, things were falling apart.”
If you haven’t already, be sure to read Greg Bedard’s fantastic feature on Finley in this mornings Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. There are some interesting revelations, including the fact that Finley missed curfew the night before the playoff game against Arizona along with Finley’s admission that he didn’t exactly start this offseason in the best mindset.
The piece as a whole reads as though Finley’s has ‘put it all behind him’ – talking to Bedard seems to be Finley’s (and perhaps his agent’s) attempt at erecting a monument in time, in the public record, where everyone from fans to his own teammates can point and say “THAT is where it all changed for Jermichael”.
Myself, I come away thinking much along the lines that the Packers seem to be: It’s great to hear it straight from Finley. Now lets see some action behind those words.