Monday, December 20, 2010
Rickey Thenarse S Nebraska
“It saddens me to announce that Rickey Thenarse will be suspended for the Holiday Bowl due to a violation of team rules, Rickey is a young man who has faced and overcome as much adversity and tragedy in his life as any person I’ve known. But he also understands that he’s accountable for his actions."
And overcome adversity he has throughout his life and college football career. He spent 9th grade in a juvenile detention center, his car got completely shot up while in his hometown of Watts while he did not take a bullet himself, and his brother was a leader of the Watt's blood gang who had gotten murdered by a rival gang. After the funeral, he returned home for spring break and was with his other brother when gang violence erupted again and his other brother was shot and killed by a drive by shooting. He used these as motivations to get out of the gang filled area and pursue his dreams and get a college degree. This suspension is just another obstacle for him to overcome. ESPN story of Thenarse's life, here.