On the field, Price has had plenty of problems during his first two seasons in the NFL. Selected as the third pick in the second round (35th overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft, Price missed the final 11 games of the regular season after being placed on Injured Reserve with a pelvic injury.
The 6-1, 303-pound defensive tackle was also as also banished from the sideline last season during Week 13 against the Carolina Panthers. Price shoved one of the Panthers’ offensive linemen well after the end of a third-quarter play in which Cam Newton was sacked for a four-yard loss.
Not only did the mistake make matters worse for the Buccaneers, as the 15-yard penalty for unnecessary roughness negated what would have been a third-and-long situation and led to a Panthers’ first-down, but the team also drove down the field to put the game away en route to a 38-19 win, which incensed former head coach Raheem Morris so much that he also dropped an F-bomb after the game.
Away from the gridiron, life has unfortunately been much more difficult. His sister passed away in a car accident in May.
In addition, Price, 23, was later absent from offseason work after a fight with fellow teammate and rookie safety Mark Barron.
Nevertheless, Price performed well in 2011, registering 24 tackles and three sacks in 15 games (14 starts).
Moreover, many highly-talented NFL players often have a breakout season in their third year.
Couple that with a new change of scenery in Chicago, and Price’s fortunate could be turning around soon.
Verse of This Piece: “Whoever gives to others will get richer; those who help others will themselves be helped.” —Proverbs 11:25