Ohio State football: Henton's own words
Posted by firstname.lastname@example.org
September 26, 2007 14:00PM
Categories: OSU Football
I thought I remembered this conversation and I found it today, an Antonio Henton quote from the preseason when another reporter asked the OSU quarterback about Michael Vick's transgressions.
"It just goes along with being smart on and off the field," Henton said. "Not only on the field, you've got to be smart off the field. I feel bad for (Vick). As far as life goes, you've got to be smart with the people you hang around."
That's what I'd say today, that I feel bad for Henton. It's always dangerous to claim you know a player from the limited and often stilted interactions forced on us by the small and static access we're granted to the players. But Henton always seemed a little shy, a Georgia kid farther than home than most Buckeyes - though he was a player who had some upside and a chance to play down the road.
"I've got four years left," Henton said in that same August interview, talking about his feelings on being a backup. "I'm not going to be selfish or whatever. I'm still going to do whatever I need to do to get better."
Compared to the list of things athletes do to get the police involved - stealing things, hitting people, driving drunk - Henton's alleged actions came without a victim, other than himself and his team. And that's no small thing, what you owe yourself and your teammates when given an opportunity like this.