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RIP Tony Fein

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Drip, Oct 7, 2009.

  1. Drip

    Drip Active Member

    OXFORD, Miss. – Tony Fein, 27, who served his country as a member of the United States Army and then played linebacker two years for the Ole Miss Rebels, passed away early Tuesday morning, according to his Oxford-based agent Dee Hobbs.
    “The Ole Miss family is saddened by the news of Tony Fein’s passing and our thoughts and prayers go out to his family,” said head coach Houston Nutt. “Tony did an excellent job for us in the only year we had with him, and he was a good team player. We are grateful for his military service to our country and for the contribution he made to our football program.”
    As a member of the 2007 and 2008 Rebels, Fein earned two letters while playing middle linebacker, seeing action in 24 games and starting seven. His was credited with 136 total tackles, including eight for a loss, during his two seasons. Fein’s 84 tackles in 2007 ranked second on the team and 10th in the Southeastern Conference (7.6 per game), while his 52 tackles in 2008 ranked third on the team.
    In the spring of 2008, Fein received the Pat Tillman Patriot Award by the Military Order of the Purple Heart to exhibit to Americans that some athletes can battle on the gridiron or on the battlefield.
    Following his graduation from South Kitsap High in his hometown of Port Orchard, Wash., Fein served three and a half years with the United States Army, which included a one-year tour in the Iraq War, before beginning his college football career. He played for Scottsdale (Ariz.) Community College before transferring to Ole Miss, earning first team All-America honors from the JC Grid-Wire and from the NJCAA.
    Shortly after the 2009 National Football League Draft, Fein was signed as an undrafted free-agent by the Seattle Seahawks, but was then released. He was later picked up by the Baltimore Ravens and made it until the final round of cuts before being released on Sept. 5.
    “Tony returned to his home state of Washington and kept working to stay in shape in hopes of being given another opportunity,” Hobbs said. “We were starting to explore Canadian Football League possibilities. It’s a sad loss for the entire Ole Miss family and his family.”
    According to Hobbs, funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.
  2. sportsguydave

    sportsguydave Active Member

    Wow. Sad story. Any idea what happened to him?
  3. Drip

    Drip Active Member

    I don't want to speculate. I know that he was arrested during training camp on a bum deal. I know he had the talent to play in the league. It's just sad a story to hear. RIP.
  4. Pancamo

    Pancamo Active Member

    The trial for the "bum deal" was scheduled for today.
  5. imjustagirl

    imjustagirl Active Member

    And therein likely lies a clue. If not, it's the biggest coinkydink in the history of the world.
  6. Simon_Cowbell

    Simon_Cowbell Active Member

    Who the fuck is anyone to say it was a "bum deal" before trial?
  7. PeteyPirate

    PeteyPirate Guest

    Someone with an opinion based on a set of facts that may or may not support the opinion. Just a guess.
  8. Simon_Cowbell

    Simon_Cowbell Active Member

    "may or may not support the opinion"?
  9. Flying Headbutt

    Flying Headbutt Moderator Staff Member

    It was based on an incident in Baltimore. He was with a few other Ravens at a restaurant in the Inner Harbor when someone saw him pass a cellphone around. Somehow it got confused for a gun and the cops arrived. Then "supposedly" Fein assaulted an officer. It sounded pretty trumped up and reeking of racial profiling though. I doubt he was going to have a hard time beating it. It came during a crack down by police on general thuggery (robberies, beatings, drug dealing, etc) that was going around at the harbor.
  10. Drip

    Drip Active Member

    I hope it was a coincidence. From all reports, he was good kid.
  11. Flying Headbutt

    Flying Headbutt Moderator Staff Member

    Prosecutors say they told Fein last week they were going to drop the charges.
  12. Steak Snabler

    Steak Snabler Well-Known Member

    Some details starting to emerge, but still no clear cause of death:

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