By now, everyone knows the sad story of Nick Schuyler and his boatmates who were lost at sea off the Florida coast. Well, the tragedy gets sadder, as Schuyler is now reportedly changing his story about what happened to his former South Florida teammate, Will Bleakley. Rather than watching Bleakley take off his lifevest and swim toward what he thought was a light in the distance, Schuyler now says his teammate died in his grasp, succumbing to severe hypothermia and dehydration.
(Bleakley: Died in teammate’s arms.)
The new and crushing rendition of Bleakley’s end came out via Bleakley’s father, who spoke with Schuyler on the phone Wednesday and relayed the coversation to the TAMPA TRIBUNE. For the record, Schuyler seems to be sticking to his original story that linebacker Marquis Cooper and defensive end Corey Smith both drifted away from the boat, but the revised story of Bleakley’s final hours is so sad that it seems understandable that Schuyler would have lied about how he died when first asked.
You’d think after the Vikings’ sex-cruise scandal, NFL players would be pretty wary of getting on sea craft, but evidently that’s not the case. The results from the latest NFL fishing foray are disturbing, with two players — and possibly an unknown third — either lost at sea or drowned after their boat never returned from a Saturday morning fishing trip.
(Corey Smith: Missing off the Florida coast.)
According to FOX NEWS (complete with horrific grammatical and possessive errors), a boat which left Clearwater Pass, Fla. on Saturday never returned after four men set out on a fishing expedition. Among those on board were Raiders linebacker Victor “Marquis” Cooper and Lions defensive end Corey Smith, and the unidentified fourth boater is also rumored to be an NFL player by a handful of blogs.
No matter what happens, this is a sad story. If a frantic Coast Guard search for the players finds them lost and stranded on the Florida coast, they’ll likely be traumatized from the incident … and lucky if they’re not seriously hurt. If they aren’t found, well, then the NFL will have lost two more players to the sea.
Dan Dierdorf is the most famous player in Cardinals history, admittedly with little competition. So why is the Hall-of-Fame offensive lineman going to miss Arizona’s first Super Bowl appearance?
The afterthought of the longest-lasting MNF broadcast booth will be tooling around the West Indies on a yacht, instead of in Tampa with the rest of the Cardinal legends like…um…Emmitt Smith and Dennis Green. It’s hard to blame him - who in their right mind would schedule a vacation around an expected Arizona Super Bowl appearance?