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Ron Helms was an outspoken cocky more than just typical athlete. He now played football at a Division I university and was on his way to likely having a career in the NFL. The issue was a recent paper he turned in that received a failing grade.
Lets back up. Ron 22 years old hazel eyes and light brown hair is a 6’2 235 pound linebacker. He graduated from a small town high school in a town of 1800. He grew up in a orphanage. He never knew family just that his parents died when he was a baby in some type of accident. He led the small town team in the Midwest to 3 state championships but was constantly in some type of war with his coaches. He was loud and obnoxious. He did what he wanted and how he wanted much less loved to party. This transcended to not being looked at by Division I schools despite his athletic ability and All State Football honors. He went to a Division II school as a walk on no scholarship. He worked his way into the starting lineup midpoint of the season. He ended up leading his team to the semi-finals before losing in the championship tournament. He had a tremendous sophomore year leading his team to the Division II championship in the Stagg Bowl named for Alonzo Stagg. He was once again having issues with having little to no discipline. He was breaking curfew and fighting much less what the coaches didn’t find out about.
The fortunate thing was that with the coaching staff as well as dean wanting him gone from the university, they were willing to help get a Division I university to recruit him. He transferred to a southern Division I university. He had to sit out a year. He was fairly well behaved during that year. His old coaches helped a bit with not advising how much of a hell raiser he really was but did tell the new coaching staff that he needed to know the ground rules. He was told very clearly that he his career there would be gone before it started if he screwed around and caused issues. He was having so many issues just keeping up academically that he listened and tried to buckle down. He worked like a madman in the weight room and on his speed. Now, the next year he worked hard in the weight room and on the field but it was again close to midseason that he broke the starting lineup. For his effort, he made honorable mention all conference at linebacker. He helped his team win a non-BCS bowl. For the university, the bowl was a disappointment as they felt they could challenge for a national championship much less get a BCS bowl. He was looked at as the key for the next season. He got cocky and got himself in trouble over and over before the next season. He was told one more slip up and he was gone expelled and scholarship all gone. He tried to keep his act together and had a fabulous season including was up for the Dick Butkus award for best linebacker in college. His university was undefeated with the last 2 regular season games to play before their bowl game.
He received his grade and right after class his coaches met him in the hallway. If he couldn’t get his grade changed he would be suspended from the team for the remainder of the year. It was already in magazines that he was a discipline and attitude problem. He may not be allowed to compete at the combines much less any interest in him no matter what he does.
He approached his English teacher to inquire what he could do. He wasn’t a dummy but it has in fact taken him 4 and a half years to get to where he was ready to graduate after completing these last classes. This teacher in particular was his roadblock. She was his instructor for an English class and Humanities course. He wasn’t doing well in either…thus academically ineligible was in front of him.
It was the end of the day, the 28 year old professor never married and dedicated to her career was still in her classroom as he entered.