Michael Dyer: Collegiate Athletes Should Learn from Running Back's Mistakes

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistJuly 30, 2012

COLUMBIA, SC - OCTOBER 01:  Michael Dyer #5 of the Auburn Tigers celebrates after defeating the South Carolina Gamecocks 16-13 at Williams-Brice Stadium on October 1, 2011 in Columbia, South Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Some people simply do not take advantage of a second chance. 

Running back Michael Dyer was suspended indefinitely from Auburn following last season after violating team rules, but he was given another opportunity when he followed offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn to Arkansas State.

Unfortunately, he did not take advantage of this chance as ESPN reports he was dismissed from the team for once again breaking team rules.

The problems stem from a traffic stop that took place in March. According to the Arkansas Times, Dyer was pulled over and received a $17 dollar ticket for going 26 mph over the speed limit. However, he should have received much more.

A video recording of the incident showed that the state trooper acknowledged the athlete had both marijuana and a gun in his possession. The officer then decided it best not to tell anyone to avoid any NCAA violations.

RedWolfReport.com states that the matter is still being investigated, but it is clear that Dyer was not completely following the law. As a result, a once promising football career is all but over.

Future athletes should take note of this situation and realize that talent alone will not get them too far in life if they make dumb decisions off the field.

Dyer's situation is very similar to former Ohio State running back Maurice Clarett. Both players dazzled scouts as freshmen and helped lead their teams to national championships. Unfortunately, troubles with the law prematurely ended what should have been great collegiate careers.

Clarett is now long removed from football after many attempts to make the NFL.

Professional stars like Michael Vick and Plaxico Burress were able to return to the NFL after stints in jail, but not everyone will be able to continue a career after troubles with the law.

In this year's draft, cornerback Janoris Jenkins was a top-10 talent but slipped past the first round due to similar issues. His entire career will be held under a microscope as he tries to move past mistakes in college.

The message is that athletes must behave themselves in all aspects of their lives. School rules are not meant to be an inconvenience but to keep the athletes safe and out of trouble. If they choose not to follow them, no one is responsible for what happens but themselves.

If these young men can avoid mistakes off the field, people will only focus how good they are on it. This will make it much easier to start a successful career.