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Jermichael Finley: An outstanding but immature player

When the Packers chose Jermichael Finley, the Texas tight end, in the 3rd round of the 08’ draft, there were certainly many questions concerning his decision to leave school in order to join the national football league. Advisors from the NFL projected him as a 4th round pick, and they told him that.

The reason was not because he was lacking talent, but because he was still too young to face the challenges the league had to offer. Green Bay likes receives that can play in multiple formations and they saw the perfect man to fill that position in Finley.

When it comes to an on-field perspective, the Packs were completely right about giving him a chance, as he finished his first year with thirty eight passes for 416 yards and 4 touchdowns, all in the last 7 games of the regular season and it was becoming into an excellent partner for Aaron Rodgers, but there were still too many off-field concerns around him.

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Finley recently said in an interview that he wants to become into the best tight end in the league, and that he also want to become into a better parent, husband and teammate, he said that he wants people to see him and say: “hey that is a real Packer, that is who I want to become”.

But to truly get to where he wants to be, the young player needs to deal with some personal issues concerning immaturity, as he needs to become into a more responsible and centered individual.

A clear proof of things he is doing wrong came before a game against the Cardinals, as he missed curfew the night before. He was also late for important meetings, left training camp to sleep at his own house and switch agents 3 times in 2 years.

He eventually approached the team’s general manager, Ted Thompson in order to tell him that he knew he was doing things wrong and that he wanted to change.

He is still quite young, and, he has the chance to change before it is too late for him. Finley should actually be looking at an example in Cris Carter, who was released from the Eagles due to bad behavior, and then changed his ways and went on to catch more than one thousand passes the following season.

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