Larry Johnson: Wasted Potential


Published: March 19, 2009


... quote from Lorenzo in Chazz Palminteri's brilliant script featuring Robert De Nero and Palminteri together in De Nero's directorial debut. If you haven't had the pleasure, rent it. It's a stunning period piece about coming of age in America.

It also makes this observation about American society that Larry Johnson would be well-served to understand. It's actually kind of depressing to think it might be completely out of Larry's intellectual reach to see the metaphor it is for his whole football career, much less be able to relate it to effect some change in his life.

You might think I wish LJ would just go away, or that I don't like or respect him. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Before he ran away with the rushing title two seasons in a row, I was one of the first to stand up for him when Vermeil said he needed to change his diapers. Now, two years removed from those big seasons, I'm forced to confess old Dick might have been right about LJ all alo...

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