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I still plan of starting a thread on multiple positions including LB but I felt Reuben Foster should have a thread of his own. Reason being is that several mocks are beginning to pop up & having the Saints taking him #11. This would be a serious mistake by the Saints organization. Foster has all the physical gifts it requires to play MLB at a high level both against the run & pass yet there two MAJOR concerns regarding Foster.

One, going back to his high school days, Foster has a had an extremely bad habit of leading with the crown of his helmet. That issue has continued at Alabama & despite the Alabama coaching staff stating last season & this season that Foster has improved in that area, he simply has not. I will provide video evidence from the National Title game that says otherwise. 

Secondly, the leading with the crown of his helmet issue has lead to numerous shoulder & neck issues as well as several concussions. Some of these concussions weren't even reported as concussions including one I believe Foster had in the National Championship Game last week. The team reported them as "neck stingers" when some of the footage appears to show Foster concussed.

First, I will start with Foster's high school tape. When you watch the highlight reel, you often see him leading with the crown of his helmet.

Since Foster arrived at Alabama,  Nick Saban, former DC Kirby Smart & current DC Jeremy Pruitt have tried to break Foster out of this bad habit because it lead to him injuring himself multiple times.

In the past, Foster has led with the crown of his helmet. He even did that when hitting Fournette. Foster had employed the help of a cowboy collar to avoid further damage to his neck, but the collar disappeared during the spring season – a good sign to his progress. And others agree with that belief. 

“He’s tackling better, doing a lot better job,” defensive coordinator Kirby Smart said. “I think he put on some good weight over the summer to help protect himself from injuries. 

“The big thing with him has always been health. He’s a really fast guy, he’s a really sharp guy, very intelligent guy, very instinctual player, but he’s been injury-prone. Some of that’s been from lack of bulk, some of that’s been from poor tackling and poor habits. So he’s tried to improve on that. He knows it’s an emphasis for him.”

http://alabama.247sports.com/Bolt/Hard-hitting-LB-Reuben-Foster-is-tackling-better-38737921

Sure, Foster is capable of producing big hit after big hit. There’s video evidence to prove it. But more often than not, he leads with his eyes looking at the turf, not his target. 

This season, and throughout his career, Foster has led with the crown of his helmet when tackling an opponent, trying to connect an earth-shattering collision. That’s led to neck and shoulder injuries, and he’s even knocked himself out on occasion, at least that’s the folklore that echoes from the practice field. 

The hit on Fournette is a prime example of that. Notice when Foster pops up after making the hit on the LSU running back. He can’t lift his right arm during the celebration because he injures his shoulder on the hit by leading with the top of his helmet.

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http://alabama.247sports.com/Article/Alabama-LB-Reuben-Foster-Ive-got-to-keep-my-head-up-34521596

Coach Nick Saban last August said Foster needed to fix the habit of ducking his head when delivering hits. Foster's style sometimes led to "stingers" that sidelined him during the spring of 2014 as he pushed for a starting job. His only documented concussion in college came in the 2014 A-Day Game when tackling Kenyan Drake. That head-down approach typically creates a dangerous situation helmets can't protect. Neck and spine injuries -- even those that can end a career, or in rare cases paralyze an athlete -- could come into play too.

Watching Foster play, it's quickly obvious he wears a different piece of equipment. Linebackers are known to wear extra neck support, but Foster's extends higher than most. 

"That kind of collar can help prevent or reduce muscle strains, or what's called stingers," said Dr. Jody Ortega, who practices orthopedic medicine for the Andrews Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center in Birmingham . "But as far as preventing some kind of catastrophic thing, that's not going to prevent that." 

These issues aren't new. Flip on any of Foster's high school highlight tapes and his style is unmistakable. As a senior at Auburn High School in 2012, he was simply dominant. Every recruiting service had him the No. 1 middle linebacker in the country and ranked as high as No. 2 overall. 

The high school tapes show him destroying undersized running backs, quarterbacks or anyone else unfortunate enough to face Foster head on. He was a one-man wrecking ball out there, but more often than not his head was down. 

Tackling technique has become a focus for coaches in recent years, though. 

"I think it's rooted in the emphasis in concussions, but it's good because there's more emphasis on teaching people the correct way to hit and tackle," Dr. Ortega said. "So hopefully it will also prevent neck injuries also."

But he flashed skills on the kickoff coverage. Outside of the LSU play, he popped pads twice against Texas A&M and again in the Sugar Bowl with Ohio State. But after making a big hit against Western Carolina, he appeared woozy walking to the sideline where he remained with a towel over his head.

http://www.al.com/alabamafootball/index.ssf/2015/08/how_reuben_foster_fixed_his_ta.html

The injury in 2014 Alabama Spring occurs at the 51:35 mark

The injury against Western Carolina occurs at the 33:25 mark.

Alabama linebacker Reuben Foster was one of three Crimson Tide players injured in its 49-30 win at Arkansas on Saturday night. 

After the game, Alabama coach Nick Saban said Foster suffered a concussion but added that he “didn’t know how serious it is.” 

Foster, a senior, was injured near the beginning of the third quarter and did not return. When the injury did occur, he walked off the field with trainer Jeff Allen by his side and immediately went into the team’s medical sideline tent.

http://gridironnow.com/alabama-reuben-foster-sustains-concussion-arkansas/

Ok, now we have witnessed the video of some of those past injuries. The Alabama staff stated last season that Reuben had cleaned up the issue of not seeing what he hits but what I saw in the National Title game says otherwise. I believe Foster was concussed on a play before halftime, evaluated & still allowed to return. He even left the semifinal against Washington where Holly Rowe reported that Alabama staff members said Foster didn't "appear right before taking him into the medical tent. 

Ok, Washington game first. Go to the 1:32:02 point of the video for Holly Rowe's report. I looked thoroughly but could not locate where the incident occurs.

There are two points I want to point out in the title game. The first is on the drive where Clemson scores their first TD. Deon Cain takes a short WR screen & turns into big yardage. Notice that Foster has an opportunity to make the tackle in the open field instead to goes for the big hit. Once again, he is looking down, not seeing what he is hitting & leading with the crown of his helmet. This happens at the 59:58 mark. The injury occurs at the 1:10:06 point. While diving for Watson, he appears to hit Watson's knee with his head. Foster stays in the game & gets a sack on the following play but at 1:12:47, he needs help from his teammates to get off the field. Foster looks dazed & woozy. Despite already getting dinged up right before halftime, Foster still leads with the crown of his helmet on a 3rd down stop of Deshaun Watson late in the 3rd quarter at 1:59:00 of the video. Replay clearly shows Foster leading with the crown of his helmet & head hunting Watson.

After going over all of this, I'm anxious to see what comes from the medical exams at the combine concerning Foster's neck & shoulders. Even if he happens to check out, I would seriously have reservations about drafting Foster. If he continues using poor tackling techniques, his NFL career will be extremely short lived.

 

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All good points. I had noticed in his highlight videos of not looking at what he was hitting. You need not look any further than Luke Kuechly to see why concussions are a problem in the NFL. Not to mention I saw very few highlight plays in the passing game. I want a coering LB if we are darfting another high MLB. That is what Stephone Anthony is missing. Why draft another Anthony? Too bad we passed on Hendricks who the Vikes took for Anthony that man is great in the passing game. But I too would pas on him prior to knowing of injury issues. Definitely need to pass now, but we don't get a say :(

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On 1/18/2017 at 11:47 AM, Bonckers said:

All good points. I had noticed in his highlight videos of not looking at what he was hitting. You need not look any further than Luke Kuechly to see why concussions are a problem in the NFL. 

Foster has not been able to correct his form over 4 years of being in the Alabama program while being coached by the best defensive coach in the college ranks. This is a huge red flag for me. Not only that but he has to have some sort of disc deterioration in his neck from using that poor technique going on 8 years now. (high school & college) My gut tells this will be a Da'Quan Bowers type situation where the combine medical exams revealed Bowers had a degenerative knee condition that ultimately caused Bowers to slide from being a top 10 pick to the second round. Even if nothing is wrong with Foster's neck, there are serious concerns whether not he can correct his tackling form. If he can't, his career will end being carted out of a NFL stadium while giving the thumbs up to the crowd. That sounds like a harsh statement but it's the truth. I have never watched a LB as wreckless as Foster in terms of using the crown of his helmet EVER.

I'm really glad you mentioned Kuechly because his tackling form is as good as you will find yet it hasn't stopped him from having serious concussion issues. The reports concerning concussions seem to all agree that the more concussions a player has, the more susceptible they become getting them more often. Just look at Steve Young & Wes Welker. While no one was paying attention to the Panthers late this season, Kuechly was held out for their remaining games after his concussion against the Saints & the talk of Luke having to retire started swirling. I have no doubt Kuechly comes back for 2017 because he is such a competitor but one more concussion for him & its over.

Luke Kuechly leaving retirement decision for later

Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly was cleared from concussion protocol a little less than a week ago, but we did not see him on the field against Washington on Monday night. The particularly jarring nature of his injury has spawned a thousand different opinions about the All-Pro linebacker's future in the NFL but on Wednesday, Kuechly made it clear that playing football was still in his best interest.

Kuechly said he appreciated the concern when asked specifically about a Bleacher Report piece that quoted anonymous NFL players imploring Kuechly to sit out the remainder of the season and consider retirement.

"I know you appreciate those guys who want what is best for you and it's a thing we'll learn more about," Kuechly told reporters Wednesday. "I trust what our doctors have to say. I trust our coaches and all those guys. I want to get out there and play. This most recent time -- just like the last time -- everyone said 'you're good to go'. Just let it get better and then go from there. I'm excited whenever the opportunity is but I'm holding that retirement word for a little ways down the road so it's something you appreciate everyone's concern but whenever my opportunity comes back, I'll be back out there."

Kuechly also missed three games a year ago while in concussion protocol.

Head coach Ron Rivera has been cautious with his star player of late. He said the decision to sit Kuechly against Washington on Monday night was contentious, as the 25-year-old lobbied to get his spot back. There is still no word on whether the Panthers (6-8) will employ Kuechly's services over the final two games of the season.

"(Rivera) said you're not going to play this week, and then we'll kind of go on from there," Kuechly said. "I'm crossing my fingers every week that they're going to give me the thumbs up to go but those guys have a good plan in place of what they want to do and what's best for the team. I'm going to prepare like I'm playing. I'm going to make sure I'm ready to go but we'll see what happens moving forward with it."

He added: "I don't want to say frustrating. I think even last year is kind of the same as this year. You just want to play and that's probably the most frustrating part -- if that's what you want to call it. You want to be out there playing because that's what you prepare the whole year for, the whole season for is to be out there playing. A couple things haven't gone our way this year but I really do enjoy watching Shaq (Thompson) and A.J. (Klein) out there with Thomas (Davis) running around there, playing well. Those guys, along with Thomas have made some big plays in games that have helped us win."

Rivera has seen a handful of players go in and out of concussion protocol this season including star quarterback Cam Newton. At this point, it does not seem worth it to cave no matter how much Kuechly wants to play. This same team will be back next year and ready to shake off whatever issues forced them to miss the playoffs in 2016 (they can still make the playoffs if they win out, but their scenario is Inception-style crazy. Even though Kuechly has had a month, sometimes it takes some time away from the facility to approach the situation with a clear point of view.

http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000761085/article/luke-kuechly-leaving-retirement-decision-for-later

Panthers GM Dave Gettleman said he has "no concerns" about Luke Kuechly's health.
Kuechly suffered his second serious concussion in as many seasons Week 11 and was held out the rest of the year despite clearing the concussion protocol. It appears the Panthers were just playing it safe with their defensive star, and Kuechly should be ready to go for the offseason program. Still, his history with concussions will continue to be a big concern moving forward.
 
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I agree about Luke. I think the Panties made the smart play in sitting him after the playoffs seemed impossible. I agree if he gets one more concussion he needs to retire. Honestly if I were him I would be contemplating it now and talking to best doctors in the world. He has had some serious issues already with concussions. 

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2 hours ago, Bonckers said:

I agree about Luke. I think the Panties made the smart play in sitting him after the playoffs seemed impossible. I agree if he gets one more concussion he needs to retire. Honestly if I were him I would be contemplating it now and talking to best doctors in the world. He has had some serious issues already with concussions. 

I hate the Panthers but Kuechly is a great guy & awesome player. I really feel bad for him because he is a such a good player so you hate to see him even have to contemplate retirement this early in his career. I remember watching his first ever preseason game against the Baltimore Ravens & saying to myself, this guy is going to be a star.

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The concussion Foster had against Arkansas that was mentioned in my original post occurs at the 2:26:07 mark. He simply hits his head on the turf after attempting to make a tackle.

 

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I wonder if this will get Foster out of medical evaluations at the combine. I still think he has neck issues as well that could cause his stock to plummet even more.

Report: Reuben Foster had surgery, will miss NFL combine drills

The workouts at the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine next month will be missing one of the top defensive prospects.

Alabama middle linebacker Reuben Foster has undergone shoulder surgery on his right rotator cuff and will miss drill work at the combine, according to Adam Caplan of ESPN.

Foster won the Butkus Award as the nation's top college linebacker last year after making a team-high 115 tackles on one of college football's top defenses. Foster, a senior, also made 13 tackles for loss and five sacks for the Crimson Tide. NFL.com analyst Daniel Jeremiah ranks Foster as the No. 6 overall prospect for the 2017 NFL Draft, and the draft's top linebacker.

Foster will attend the combine and participate in personal interviews with NFL club officials, according to Caplan. Alabama has yet to announce a date for its pro-day workout, and it's unclear to what extent, if at all, Foster could participate.

http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000785496/article/report-reuben-foster-had-surgery-will-miss-nfl-combine-drills

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Well, well, well. NFL.com now has released a pre combine draft report on every draft eligible player. The breakdown of Foster is basically the same as mine from just a few weeks ago.

LB

REUBEN FOSTER

ALABAMA  SEC

Photo of Reuben Foster

OVERVIEW

Alabama's star inside linebacker started his ascension to elite prospect status last summer when he lost 20 pounds. His newfound speed and agility, while keeping his trademark aggression and instincts, made him a unanimous first-team All-American and All-SEC pick. Foster also won the Butkus Award as the nation's top linebacker and was a finalist for the Bednarik Award, leading the Tide with 115 tackles, 13 for which went for losses including five sacks. He won the SEC Championship MVP, as well (11 tackles, 2.5 for loss, two sacks). Foster was a starter as a junior (73 tackles, eight TFL, two sacks, nine pass break-ups) after two seasons as a key reserve MIKE linebacker and special teams ace (12 tackles in 2013; 22 tackles, two TFL in 2014).

ANALYSIS

STRENGTHS

 Alpha mentality with ferocious hitting style that puts offensive skill positions on alert. Outstanding athlete with springy, reactive feet. Lost 15 pounds in off-season, which gave him more speed and explosiveness. Loose hips and long stride allows him to open and chase immediately. Has elite sideline-to-sideline range. Tough as nails. Brings swagger to a linebacking corps. Never passive and always means it. Willing to take his shots downhill and into gaps. Lands strong warning blows on climbing guards early in the game. Coverage ability is an asset. Logged 10 passes defensed in 2015. Can carry long speed against running backs on wheel routes and nine routes. Has worked to improve tackling technique, which has yielded higher success rate of finishes.

WEAKNESSES

 Instincts are just average. Overly reliant on speed and athleticism over instincts and feel. Can be a tick slow to respond to play-action. Inconsistent defeating blocks. Too eager to take on everyone at the point of attack. Gets shoulder covered up firing into incoming blockers. Needs to improve stack and shed technique to keep himself clean. Will drop his head at times as tackler. Poor tackling technique led to "stinger" issues early in his career.

SOURCES TELL US

 "He's not a MIKE linebacker. I think he's a pure run-and-hit WILL linebacker with good cover talent. I'm worried about what his medicals will show because he's had issues with stingers during his career. I have a higher grade on him than I had on Reggie Ragland. Better pro potential to me." -- NFC director of scouting

NFL COMPARISON

 Bobby Wagner

BOTTOM LINE

 Foster is a vicious hitter with elite playmaking range and an ability to toggle between 225 and 240 pounds. Athleticism gives him cover ability that former teammate Reggie Ragland never possessed. Has Pro Bowl potential as a 3-4 inside linebacker or a 4-3 weak-side linebacker, but concerns over his medical history could be a consideration, according to some teams.

http://www.nfl.com/draft/2017/profiles/reuben-foster?id=2557837&id=2557837

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This is a sticky wicket here, to me, that a diluted test becomes as automatic fail. I'm just talking the concept, not that this has happened to him before or this is not a specific Foster response as much as it is a response to the failure of the 'drug testing' situation. 

Regarding Foster, this situation has not sat well with many and I'm not surprised that he was uninvited in the end. Foster should have known better and not played with fire, instead of going down the smart road, he chose badly and this reflects badly on his character in general. He already had a knock against him and he just screwed over the value he'd been working all those years to attain. As a pedestrian with no talents of his skill set, if I did, I would have played it clean as a whistle so as to not destroy the many years of hard work I'd have put in to blow it all on too much 'water'. I try to find sympathy and empathy for individuals like this but I have a hard time arriving there due to stupid ineptness, again.  

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1 hour ago, Saint ATN said:

This is a sticky wicket here, to me, that a diluted test becomes as automatic fail. I'm just talking the concept, not that this has happened to him before or this is not a specific Foster response as much as it is a response to the failure of the 'drug testing' situation. 

Regarding Foster, this situation has not sat well with many and I'm not surprised that he was uninvited in the end. Foster should have known better and not played with fire, instead of going down the smart road, he chose badly and this reflects badly on his character in general. He already had a knock against him and he just screwed over the value he'd been working all those years to attain. As a pedestrian with no talents of his skill set, if I did, I would have played it clean as a whistle so as to not destroy the many years of hard work I'd have put in to blow it all on too much 'water'. I try to find sympathy and empathy for individuals like this but I have a hard time arriving there due to stupid ineptness, again.  

I'm with ya for a number of reasons.  I've been piss tested a number of times and it's a weird thing, some might say nearly impossible, to "go" if you don't have to.  Or if you already did 10 minutes ago and didn't know the test was coming.  It happened to me once.  Yet, these guys, especially a kid that played at a major program like Alabama, are drilled constantly about what's coming around, what the process is.  You know the test is coming, you know the whereabouts in time it is coming.  Yet I still struggle to classify a diluted sample as an automatic Fail.  I mean seriously, it's got to be 90% or greater that what we're talking about here is marijuana.  I'm sure ecstacy, LSD, maybe even cocaine are getting invovled from time to time, but, to my limited knowledge, those items are out of your system so much faster than marijuana.  It's all just remnants of the failed War on Drugs.  Still, you don't want your crane operator in downtown Manhattan high on PCP and swinging a boom around.  

 

Was that enough contradictions for one post?!?      =)

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1 minute ago, herb said:

Remember that Foster was sent home from the combine for an altercation with a nurse. Now he is uninvited to the draft.  Can't help but think these are connected.

Word.

Leads with his head on the field (injury concern, penalties), leads with God knows what off the field.

Call me crazy, but for our Saints, I wouldn't touch him until the the 3rd or 4th round.  Even then, if I'm the Saints, I probably have him off my board.   

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On 4/25/2017 at 7:36 PM, Dru said:

Word.

Leads with his head on the field (injury concern, penalties), leads with God knows what off the field.

Call me crazy, but for our Saints, I wouldn't touch him until the the 3rd or 4th round.  Even then, if I'm the Saints, I probably have him off my board.   

I'm so grateful the 49ers jumped us at #31. Foster even handled the the Saints & 49ers being on the phone with him at the same time all wrong. You shut your trap & keep that behind closed doors yet he immediately runs his mouth basically taking a dump on the Saints in the media. Thank goodness we didn't draft this box of rocks.

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7 hours ago, xardoz said:

http://www.foxnews.com/sports/2018/02/11/reuben-foster-san-francisco-49ers-linebacker-arrested-on-domestic-violence-charges-reports-say.html

 

Foster in trouble again....

Instead we got Ramczyk.   I think we TOTALLY dodged that bullet and scored big with that pick.

Foster & fellow LB Ray Ray Armstrong had guns pulled on them outside a San Francisco club back in October. The incident smelled fishy when the reports came out & it still does to me. I'm willing to bet this was originally a set up to buy weed in the parking lot of the club that turned into an attempted robbery. How in the f*ck do you almost get robbed at gun point when you have a security escort to your car & why would you remove your jewelry prior to going outside as well? Foster & Armstrong knew the would be jackers, that's how. This guy just makes poor decision after poor decision.

Report: Reuben Foster, Ray-Ray Armstrong outran a robbery Monday

Reuben Foster and Ray-Ray Armstrong were reportedly involved in a frightening run-in early Monday morning.

49ers linebackers Reuben Foster and Ray-Ray Armstrong outran a robbery attempt early Monday morning, according to a report from MissionLocal.org.

The report says Foster and Armstrong were at the club Love and Propaganda in San Francisco in the late hours after the team's loss to the Redskins when Foster noticed a white Audi with tinted windows checking out the establishment. A suspicious Foster then gave his watch and rings to a female friend and asked a security guard to escort him and Armstrong to their vehicle at around 2 a.m. local time.

The report then states the players were held up upon leaving the club they were held up by two masked men wearing hoodies who pointed a handgun and an assault rifle in their direction. The players then turn and ran, which caused the assailants to flee, and ended up at the nearby St. Francis Hotel, where they called police.

"We are aware of the reports regarding the robbery and are very thankful no one was harmed," the 49ers said in a statement Monday evening. "Reuben and Ray-Ray have been, and will continue to be, cooperative with any further police investigation."

49ers players were off Tuesday and will return for practice Wednesday. Click here to see the full report at Mission Local.

https://247sports.com/nfl/san-francisco-49ers/Bolt/Report-Reuben-Foster-Ray-Ray-Armstrong-outran-a-robbery-Monday-109086592

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Brod, this was my exact thought. I know this world. Seen some ugly things go down on those that play in the streets and meet in parking lots. I'd bet major money on your theory as it's also my point of view. NFL players are targets due to what they show on their social media and their sparkly new things that people who have nothing now are aware you potentially have on your person. Players live in a bubble, if they're smart, they'll continue to stay in those bubbles. These two almost got their popped. The real question is who was trying to rob whom?

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3 minutes ago, Saint ATN said:

Brod, this was my exact thought. I know this world. Seen some ugly things go down on those that play in the streets and meet in parking lots. I'd bet major money on your theory as it's also my point of view. NFL players are targets due to what they show on their social media and their sparkly new things that people who have nothing now are aware you potentially have on your person. Players live in a bubble, if they're smart, they'll continue to stay in those bubbles. These two almost got their popped. The real question is who was trying to rob whom?

Bingo

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Foster's entire life has been littered with constant gunplay. As an 18 month old, he was shot in the back along with his mom by his own father. His father managed to evade law enforcement for 16 years before being caught in 2013. Back in 2016, Reuben witnessed a triple homicide outside a nightclub in Auburn. One of the victims was a friend of Foster. This dude just doesn't get it. He has been given a golden opportunity to get away from the violence that has been a part of his life since he was a young boy. Instead what does he do? He continuously places himself in situations that could cost him his life. If he doesn't make drastic changes, eventually his luck will run out.

Fugitive Danny Foster arrested

MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Authorities say a man who was arrested after 16 years as a fugitive for allegedly shooting his estranged wife while she was holding their 18-month-old boy is the father of Alabama football signee Reuben Foster.

Danny Foster, 41, was captured Friday in Miami, said U.S. Marshals spokesman Scott Sides.

 

Authorities say Danny Foster was originally arrested in Randolph County, Ala., after the shooting, which the woman survived. A young Reuben was wounded in the back.

Danny Foster was indicted by a grand jury in 1996 but fled the state before being arrested in California, authorities said. Sides said he was extradited to Randolph County but escaped from jail in December 1996.

The suspect took on a new identity in Miami and will again be extradited to Randolph County, Sides said

Reuben Foster -- who attends Auburn High School in Auburn, Ala. -- signed with Alabama this past week. Foster could not immediately be reached for comment.

"Tears pooring!!!" said a post on Foster's Twitter account Friday night.

His mother, Inita Berry Paige, told AL.com that she had mixed emotions about Danny Foster's arrest.

"I was relieved and sad all at the (same) time," Paige said. "I was relieved because he got caught but I was sad because some of the pain and memories that our kids will have to go through about it."

Paige said the shooting left her with a collapsed lung and it wasn't until four days afterward when she returned for additional treatment that doctors realized Reuben was injured because a skin infection had concealed his wound. She said she did not discuss the incident with her son until he was 5 years old.

"I'll be able to relax and not worry anymore. I'm just glad it's over," Paige said.

Foster, ranked No. 16 in the ESPN 150 and No. 1 nationally at inside linebacker, was widely sought after by college recruiters and announced he would attend Auburn in December. He later changed his mind and said he had decided to attend the Alabama after Auburn fired coach Gene Chizik and recruiter Trooper Taylor.

Before finalizing his decision, Foster got Auburn's logo tattooed on his right forearm. He added the name of cousin Ladarious Phillips above it. Phillips, a former Auburn player, was killed in a shooting last June.

Foster took to Twitter on Wednesday to apologize for acting like "the brat I was" at times. Alabama coach Nick Saban said Foster "felt bad in some ways by the way he handled his recruiting," but that he thought Foster has learned lessons from the experience about trying to "please everyone."

http://www.espn.com/college-sports/recruiting/football/story/_/id/8931083/arrested-fugitive-alabama-football-signee-reuben-foster-father

Reuben Foster present during triple homicide, but was not involved, Auburn police say

Auburn police have confirmed to AL.com that while Alabama football linebacker Reuben Foster was present at the shooting that left three dead outside an Auburn nightclub on April 23, the Tide football star was not involved in the incident.

Auburn Police Chief Paul Register confirmed to AL.com that Foster, an Auburn native, wasn't involved in the shooting.

Auburn police learned from other attendees "way after the fact" that Foster was at Mr. D's Lodge the night of the shooting, he said.

"There was no information that he or any other athletes were involved in the actual shooting itself," Register said.

Three men -- identified as Roderick L. Nelms, 32, Jadarrion L. Spinks, 25, and Recco R. Cobb, 43, all from Auburn --  were killed during an exchange of gunfire outside the club located in the 1200 block of Lee Road 83, according to police.

The shooting stemmed from an argument that started inside the club, Register said.

Tarabien Latrent Cobb, 33 of Auburn was arrested and charged with capital murder in the shooting.

Register said the suspect is a relative of victim, Recco Cobb.

The police chief also said the Hummer towed from the club's parking lot belonged to one of the victims. It doesn't belong to Foster, he said.

Register said those involved in the shooting were "all local guys. They all know each other," he said.

According to Foster's Twitter page, he and at least one of the victims, Recco Cobb, were friends. 

He wrote this on his Twitter page: "You my heart dawg my rider bra wherever I go you go wherever you go I go we had a PACK 1Love one for me and one for you brother R.I.P Recco Cobb #OG"

The shooting remains under investigation, and additional charges are possible, Register said. 

http://www.al.com/news/index.ssf/2016/04/auburn_police_say_alabama_line.html

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16 hours ago, bigbrod81 said:

Before finalizing his decision, Foster got Auburn's logo tattooed on his right forearm.

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This guy got an Auburn tattoo and then decided to go to Alabama? Wow. Talk about a box of rocks...

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