New York Jets backup linebacker Dylan Donahue is trying to make the most of his 2nd chance and aiming to move forward after a month-long stint in alcohol rehab.
Donahue has a tough road ahead, as he is facing drunken driving charges in two states, Montana and New Jersey, and is over a month removed from his 31-day stint in an alcohol-rehab facility in Jacksonville, Florida.
Now, Donahue is looking to make the most of his opportunity, and is grateful to head coach Todd Bowles.
“I’ve known about him previously and his character, and I just think he’s a player’s coach,” Donahue said, according to ESPN. “He understands what it’s like for people who make mistakes and giving them second chances.”
Donahue was involved in a crash back on February 26th, when he allegedly made a wrong-way entrance on to the Lincoln Tunnel, crashing head one into a passenger bus. Donahue was arrested and charged with drunk driving and then checked himself into rehab.
But that wasn’t the linebacker’s first brush with death, shortly after the 2017 NFL Draft, Donahue flipped his SUV in his hometown of Billings, Montana, after driving into a parked, unoccupied pickup truck.
Donahue was charged with a DUI.
“I don’t necessarily feel lucky. I don’t believe in luck,” Donahue, who suffered no significant injuries, said. “I feel like God was watching out for me.”
Donahue calls the latest accident a “wake-up call,” calling his time in rehab “very awakening and life-changing.”
“Every day, I thought about where I was at with my relationship with God.
“It was an opportunity to get close with him and to figure out who I really am, getting closer with myself, as well.
“When I made it to the league, I was focusing everything on football, football, football and not focusing on myself and the Lord. I was able to step back, take a deep breath and figure out how to carry on.”
Donahue also talked about some noticeable changes since leaving rehab.
“My mind feels a lot clearer,” Donahue said. “I’m able to remember things a lot better and just think a lot clearer.”
Donahue will likely face a suspension from the league when he officially returns in late July, but he seems at peace with the process.
“Whatever they decide to do,” he said, “I’m all right with.”
Chiefs Looking at New Contract for Patrick Mahomes After 2019
While there is still disappointment surrounding the Kansas City Chiefs following their AFC Championship loss to the New England Patriots, the future is bright, especially after an MVP-type season from quarterback Patrick Mahomes.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Chiefs are looking to work on a new contract with Mahomes following the 2019 season, when he will become eligible for a contract extension.
The report goes on tho speculate that the new deal for Mahomes could be the NFL’s first $200 million deal.
Mahomes, 23, threw for 5,097 yards and a league-leading 50 touchdowns in 2018, leading the Chiefs to the AFC Championship game.
Jaguars Re-Sign Jarrod Wilson
The Jacksonville Jaguars have re-signed safety Jarrod Wilson to a three-year contract, the team officially announced last week.
Wilson, 24, was set to become a free agent this offseason, but the new deal will keep him in the fold through the 2021 season.
Wilson collected 21 tackles, two pass deflections, and a forced fumble last season for the Jags.
Texans Re-Sign Seantrel Henderson
The Texans announced that they have re-signed Henderson, who had expressed a desire to stay in Houston, for a one-year, $4.5 million contract.
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