MIAMI GARDENS, FL - JANUARY 31: Miles Austin #19 of the NFC's Dallas Cowboys looks and smiles to the stands during the 2010 AFC-NFC Pro Bowl game at Sun Life Stadium on January 31, 2010 in Miami Gardens, Florida. The AFC defeated the NFC 41-34. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
This offseason so far has represented a short yet dark period for the NFL. The Ben Roethlisberger incident, which left the two-time Super Bowl winner suspended for six games, was followed by reports that Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor was charged with rape in New Jersey.
This unforeseeable upheaval of the league's highest echelon serves as a stern reminder of the pitfalls any player faces on a day to day basis. The solution, according to Miles Austin, is to surround yourself with the right people. Austin was on The Herd with Colin Cowherd today, where he discussed how a high profile athlete might stay out of trouble.
"You've just got to stay out of it, that's exactly what you've got to do," Austin said. "Sometimes I go to bed early but really it's who you surround yourself [with]. You know, in Dallas, I've got a bunch of good friends, my one buddy from Jersey actually moved out to Dallas, so we kind of chill, do our thing."
The old adage that nothing good ever happens after midnight has been adopted, though amended slightly, by Austin, a Pro Bowler and insta-star last season.
"I've been at clubs before, but I think staying later than you should be, then you get into trouble," Austin said. "After one, nothing good's going to come of that."