Brent Calloway: Former 4-Star Recruit May Have Ruined Career with Alabama

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IFebruary 12, 2013

November 17, 2012; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA;  Alabama Crimson Tide running back Brent Calloway (21) carries against the Western Carolina Catamounts during the fourth quarter at Bryant Denny Stadium. Alabama defeated the Western Carolina 49-0.  Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports
John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Every year in college football we hear about a promising player ruining his career at a program after making an ill-advised decision.

Alabama's Brent Calloway appears to be one of those players, along with teammates Eddie Williams, Tyler Hayes and D.J. Pettway.

Calloway and his teammates are facing serious charges after being arrested on Monday. Williams, Hayes and Pettway each face two counts of second-degree robbery, while Calloway faces one count of fraudulent use of a credit card, according to

After Williams allegedly attacked a University of Alabama student and stole his UA student card, along with various credit and debit cards, Calloway reportedly admitted to using the student's UA card for several purchases.

In response, Alabama head coach Nick Saban said in a statement on Tuesday that all four players were indefinitely suspended from the team.

This isn't the first run-in with the law for Calloway. The Russellville native also was charged with second-degree possession of marijuana in October 2011.

What a shame.

Calloway, a 4-star recruit in 2011, redshirted in his first year before playing for the Crimson Tide last season. He showed promise in 2012, recording eight tackles on special teams and rushing 10 times for 63 yards in Alabama's championship season.

But Alabama didn't hesitate to suspend Calloway on Tuesday, and it could mean the end of the road for him with the Crimson Tide.

Players need to understand that one single action can change their lives forever. Who knows how much playing time Calloway would have gotten with the Crimson Tide in 2013, but there is now a black mark on his name. If he is indeed kicked off the team, he's going to look back at this moment for years and years, wondering what could have been.

When you are a promising athlete, it's easy to believe you are invincible, but the latest incident demonstrates that athletes are anything but. There are consequences for their actions, just like everybody else.

You can only hope that Calloway, along with his teammates, can put this incident behind them and move forward in a positive direction.


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