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El Jefe
04-25-2008, 03:45 PM
Top prospect Gholston had to grow up fast
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By TIM GRAHAM

Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Every time he cradled him, his father was easier to pick up.

The son, barely sprouting facial hair, grew stronger. Dad became progressively weaker.


Vernon Nelson's body was withering because of an aggressive form of multiple sclerosis. Unable to move, he relied on his oldest boy to lift him from bed and ease him into a chair.

Nelson caught a cold, developed pneumonia and died in December 1999. He was 48.

The son was 13. Already physically impressive enough to be mistaken for an adult, Vernon Gholston suddenly had to be a man - taking care of himself and his little brother in Detroit while their mother, Cheryl, worked the General Motors assembly line.

"I always worked the afternoon shift so I could make sure my boys got to school in the morning, make sure they got home from school," Cheryl Gholston said. "From then on, Vernon was in charge."

Vernon Gholston now is 21, and to say he's all grown up would be an understatement.

Gholston is a 6-foot-4, 258-pound pass rusher from Ohio State who soon will become a multi-millionaire. Saturday, at the NFL Draft in New York, he'll learn which team will sign his checks.

Gholston is among the select group of six college players the NFL invited to attend the draft at Radio City Music Hall. As much as scouts and draft experts marvel at Gholston's sculpted body, they also praise his maturity.

The source of that composure is something not often discussed.

"It made me better, having to look after my brother," Gholston said. Brandon Gholston, 19, is studying mental health at Wayne County Community College in Michigan.

"It made me a more responsible and disciplined person," the older brother continued. "These are all the attributes that have helped me in football, to make me work hard and study my playbook and want to get better.

"It also was being a responsible adult off the field. A lot of kids come to college are just that, doing a lot of things and getting trouble."

Unless there is a stunning trade, Gholston won't be a member of the Dolphins. They dedicated the No. 1 selection to Gholston's collegiate nemesis, Michigan tackle Jake Long.

There is a chance their personal rivalry will continue. Two of Miami's AFC East foes - the New York Jets and New England Patriots - own the sixth and seventh picks and run the 3-4 defense, a scheme in which Gholston could thrive as a hybrid end.

"I don't think he drops past seventh," ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. said.

Gholston had 22 1/2 sacks in the past two seasons, more than any other collegian, but some people wondered if he was wise to leave the Buckeyes a year early.

His stock soared in February at the NFL scouting combine. Test scores were outstanding. His interviews were striking.

He worked out again for several teams, including the Dolphins, in March at Ohio State and left scouts impressed with improved scores. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.58 seconds and made a 42-inch vertical jump.

Some forecasters insist that Gholston, albeit not as polished, has a brighter future than Virginia end Chris Long, considered by many the best defensive player in the draft.

"Gholston is the same kind of freakish athlete at his position that (Arkansas running back Darren) McFadden is at his position," NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock said.
Jake Long also gushed over Gholston. "Playing against him is nuts," Long said. "He's so strong, so fast he's insane."
Gholston didn't grow up a football fan. He was into basketball and wrestling. His favorite obsession, however, was weightlifting. He claimed he got into pumping iron when he was 13 because he thought he had a gut.

But his mother said he was driven at least partially by watching his father struggle.

"He knew MS wasn't hereditary," Cheryl Gholston said, "but he could see his father's body deteriorate from it."

Even before his father died, Vernon Gholston hit his growth spurt.

"When Vernon turned 11 he shot up from a little, skinny boy," his mother said. "His body just totally changed."

She recalled boarding a Caribbean cruise when Vernon was 14 - she enjoyed taking her sons on trips to make up for all those hours she worked - and watching a waiter hand him a cocktail.

Then there was the day Cass Technical High football coach Thomas Wilcher, a former Michigan running back, first saw Gholston in the school hallway. Wilcher asked if Gholston was looking for his child.

Wilcher persuaded Gholston to play football by his sophomore year. Gholston's inexperience made the adjustment frustrating.

Wilcher has spoken of Gholston's early inability to understand the game's violent tendencies. So Gholston played guard his first two seasons. He was switched to linebacker as a senior and earned all-state honors.

Gholston's father never envisioned his sons playing football, but his fanciful imagination proved pretty accurate.

"When I just found out I was pregnant, Vernon's father joked how he always wanted two sons and they were going to play basketball and buy us a big house one day," Cheryl Gholston said. "He'd say ÎI'm going to take care of my boys, and one day they're going to take care of me.' "

Gholston did take care of his father, although much sooner than a boy should.

Now he'll have the opportunity to provide for his mother, who assumed the role of both parents at home and punched a factory time clock to keep her family together.

"My mom's taken care of me," Gholston said. "Anything I needed — or thought about needing — she tried to provide. She did the best she could.

"Now I'm in a position where I can help her. I don't have a limit when it comes to my family."

Link: http://www.palmbeachpost.com/localnews/content/sports/epaper/2008/04/24/0424gholston.html

bowener
04-25-2008, 04:12 PM
I want him on our team. He seems like he might be more thankful for his job than Jared Allen ever was.

edit: Also seems he might could be a true high character guy and do a lot for the community...

Rain Man
04-25-2008, 04:20 PM
Man, I'll bet Carl can lowball him like crazy.

Demonpenz
04-25-2008, 04:23 PM
anyone have pics of his ripped body?

bowener
04-25-2008, 04:24 PM
anyone have pics of his ripped body?

:shake:

Tribal Warfare
04-25-2008, 04:24 PM
anyone have pics of his ripped body?


The ghey?

Friendo
04-25-2008, 04:26 PM
pretty refreshing within the context of the Sims family-values. still, I can't help recalling B Bosworth when considering this guy.

bowener
04-25-2008, 04:27 PM
anyone have pics of his ripped body?

http://outhouserag.typepad.com/photos/uncategorized/huge_muscles.jpg

He's the one on the right.

the Talking Can
04-25-2008, 04:28 PM
anyone have pics of his ripped body?

goatse, is that you?

bowener
04-25-2008, 04:30 PM
For realz though.... at least this answers some questions about his physique:

Gholston didn't grow up a football fan. He was into basketball and wrestling. His favorite obsession, however, was weightlifting. He claimed he got into pumping iron when he was 13 because he thought he had a gut.


http://photo.the-ozone.net/photos/2007_2008/Football/07-09-01-FB-0080.jpg

Mecca
04-25-2008, 04:32 PM
He's mature, the type of player we need considering what we just got rid of.

Tribal Warfare
04-25-2008, 04:34 PM
He's mature, the type of player we need considering what we just got rid of.


The only question I have does Gholston the motivation to become more of a well rounded player, or will he essentially be a rush specialist.

bowener
04-25-2008, 04:34 PM
He's mature, the type of player we need considering what we just got rid of.

edited:
And so we[CARL] will show how much we[he] love[s] him and cherish[es] him by trading the rights to him :clap:

Mecca
04-25-2008, 04:36 PM
And so we will show how much we love him and cherish him by trading the rights to him :clap:

What?

I honestly hate this idea of moving down if the Chiefs go to 8 it's basically Keith Rivers beyond that then we're stuck with guys who aren't on the same tier.

Demonpenz
04-25-2008, 04:37 PM
guys are really ripped kind of scare me david boston style

bowener
04-25-2008, 04:38 PM
The only question I have does Gholston the motivation to become more of a well rounded player, or will he essentially be a rush specialist.

He will pwn you!!!

not sure what point I am making there.

bowener
04-25-2008, 04:39 PM
What?

I honestly hate this idea of moving down if the Chiefs go to 8 it's basically Keith Rivers beyond that then we're stuck with guys who aren't on the same tier.

Yeah I edited my post too late for you.... I was mocking the idea, sorry.

Mecca
04-25-2008, 04:40 PM
Apparently the Colts should have never drafted that Freeney guy eh?

bowener
04-25-2008, 04:42 PM
guys are really ripped kind of scare me david boston style

You mean dis is not teh normel??/?

http://www.fspnet.com/Artimages/4968.jpg

http://www.accrofoot.com/uploads/david-boston---site.jpg

bowener
04-25-2008, 04:44 PM
Apparently the Colts should have never drafted that Freeney guy eh?

Nope, never. Every team should draft one of these though:

http://i.cnn.net/si/si_online/covers/images/1989/0424_large.jpg

Or maybe one of these:

http://cache.viewimages.com/xc/2513254.jpg?v=1&c=ViewImages&k=2&d=17A4AD9FDB9CF1934A2752006EF5F0ED3D786B8846BA7F8B5A5397277B4DC33E

Warrior5
04-25-2008, 04:45 PM
Teh ghey?

FYP.

bowener
04-25-2008, 04:59 PM
When I look at Gholston, Peter Griffin comes to mind saying, "HEFTY HEFTY HEFTY!! wimpy wimpy wimpy."

Ultra Peanut
04-25-2008, 05:07 PM
What?

I honestly hate this idea of moving down if the Chiefs go to 8 it's basically Keith Rivers beyond that then we're stuck with guys who aren't on the same tier.If we have the chance to get someone as disgustingly gifted as Gholston and trade down, I will scream so loudly that you won't be able to hear Goodell over me.

eazyb81
04-25-2008, 05:09 PM
I'm so torn on Gholston.

I have no doubt he's going to be a beast in the right system, but I also doubt that Gunther has the creativity to use him in the right way.

I think a freak like Gholston should be moved around and be able to focus on his strength - rushing the passer - rather than just glued into a RDE spot down after down.

Mr. Kotter
04-25-2008, 05:21 PM
I'm so torn on Gholston.

I have no doubt he's going to be a beast in the right system, but I also doubt that Gunther has the creativity to use him in the right way.

I think a freak like Gholston should be moved around and be able to focus on his strength - rushing the passer - rather than just glued into a RDE spot down after down.

Gun use to coach someone resembling the description of Gholston, and did pretty well with it as I recall....someone named Thomas, or DJ or DT if I recall....

;)

eazyb81
04-25-2008, 05:23 PM
Gun use to coach someone resembling the description of Gholston, and did pretty well with it as I recall....

;)

Eh, I think said player was successful in spite of Gun, not because of him.

:)

'Hamas' Jenkins
04-25-2008, 05:23 PM
I'm so torn on Gholston.

I have no doubt he's going to be a beast in the right system, but I also doubt that Gunther has the creativity to use him in the right way.

I think a freak like Gholston should be moved around and be able to focus on his strength - rushing the passer - rather than just glued into a RDE spot down after down.

The guy is otherworldly gifted and he has great character. You just can't pass a guy like this up.

eazyb81
04-25-2008, 05:29 PM
The guy is otherworldly gifted and he has great character. You just can't pass a guy like this up.

Yeah, he could be special, and I definitely like him more than Long. But if we draft him I hope we have the presence to utilize his strengths rather than force him into being a well-rounded DE. Just let him be the next Merriman/Jason Taylor/Simeon Rice and don't f#ck with him too much.

xbarretx
04-25-2008, 05:48 PM
The ghey?


agreed and maybe its time for him to have some ANTIFREEZE LMAO

Count Alex's Losses
04-25-2008, 06:08 PM
Just imagine the highlight films I can make for Vernon Gholston if we draft him. None of that pop shit. METALLICA. AC/DC. THRASHING THUNDERMETAL!

Tribal Warfare
04-25-2008, 06:09 PM
Just imagine the highlight films I can make for Vernon Gholston if we draft him. None of that pop shit. METALLICA. AC/DC. THRASHING THUNDERMETAL!


SOAD, Disturbed, Godsmack..... :rockon:

eazyb81
04-25-2008, 06:15 PM
Just imagine the highlight films I can make for Vernon Gholston if we draft him. None of that pop shit. METALLICA. AC/DC. THRASHING THUNDERMETAL!

The Youtube video "Vernon Gholston Godlike" is a good starting point.

El Jefe
04-25-2008, 06:55 PM
I'm so torn on Gholston.

I have no doubt he's going to be a beast in the right system, but I also doubt that Gunther has the creativity to use him in the right way.

I think a freak like Gholston should be moved around and be able to focus on his strength - rushing the passer - rather than just glued into a RDE spot down after down.

Ala Demarcus Ware.

Ultra Peanut
04-25-2008, 06:57 PM
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Mr. Laz
04-25-2008, 07:09 PM
i've read some stuff about how Gholston is also inconsistant because he's hard to motivate.

which goes against the story in this thread :shrug:

El Jefe
04-25-2008, 07:14 PM
i've read some stuff about how Gholston is also inconsistant because he's hard to motivate.

which goes against the story in this thread :shrug:

Thats the thing that gets old about the draft is everybody and their brother is an expert on every player. Gholston is going to be the real deal, get on the bandwagon. Before the year I was hoping the Chiefs would either get James Laurinitis or Vernon, now lets wait and hope it's a good Christmas for us tomorrow. I may be a homer because Im a Buckeye fan, but I just love Gholston, he is a good guy, and he is really big in person.

Mr. Laz
04-25-2008, 07:17 PM
Thats the thing that gets old about the draft is everybody and their brother is an expert on every player. Gholston is going to be the real deal, get on the bandwagon. Before the year I was hoping the Chiefs would either get James Laurinitis or Vernon, now lets wait and hope it's a good Christmas for us tomorrow. I may be a homer because Im a Buckeye fan, but I just love Gholston, he is a good guy, and he is really big in person.
well ... lets chalk up another opinion and expert





LMAO

eazyb81
04-25-2008, 08:12 PM
Thats the thing that gets old about the draft is everybody and their brother is an expert on every player. Gholston is going to be the real deal, get on the bandwagon. Before the year I was hoping the Chiefs would either get James Laurinitis or Vernon, now lets wait and hope it's a good Christmas for us tomorrow. I may be a homer because Im a Buckeye fan, but I just love Gholston, he is a good guy, and he is really big in person.

I bet you thought Big Daddy Dan Wilkinson was going to be the shizznit.



:D

dirk digler
04-25-2008, 08:50 PM
I heard Todd McShay say today that Gholsten could be the biggest bust in this year's draft.

Brock
04-25-2008, 09:07 PM
I heard Todd McShay say today that Gholsten could be the biggest bust in this year's draft.

You could say that about literally 6-8 players.

dirk digler
04-25-2008, 09:11 PM
You could say that about literally 6-8 players.

True the draft is more like a crap shoot but McShay believes he is the biggest gamble

wazu
04-26-2008, 12:43 AM
I have finally joined the Gholston bandwagon. It took awhile to get over the resentment of the Allen trade, which I still consider to be a mistake, but...better late than never.

I also thought St. Louis was after Gholston, but it's sounding like there is a good chance we'll have a shot. This can only mean one thing - we will pass on him and draft Otah.

HMc
04-26-2008, 12:47 AM
What the f*** does mcshay know? They're just making shit up to fill airtime now.