Everyone is writing about it so I thought as a recent staff writer I would chime in too. Former Miami Dolphins wide receiver Davone Bess is again in trouble with the law after fleeing the police and barricading himself in his home. That is all I wanted to say about that since it is the elephant in the room what I really wanted to discuss were his better days, when he was an NFL active.
From 2008-2012 when Bess was playing for the Miami Dolphins, he made a major impact on and off the field. In 2010 he created the “The Bess Route Foundation” which made a pact to help underprivileged kids in Southern Florida. In 2011 he was constantly donating to charities and foundations, speaking to kids at libraries, and spending countless hours with various organizations and causes. Following this that same year he was named Miami Dolphins Man of the Year and was nominated for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award, two huge achievements.
And even though he went undrafted in the 2008 NFL Draft, the Miami Dolphins picked him up and he ended the year with 54 caught passes. For anyone wondering that was the second most receptions ever by an undrafted rookie in their first season. Needless to say he was impressive.
It is so sad to see a man who has done so much for the team he played for and the community around him, fall from grace like this and even sadder to say that I do not know if he can bounce back from it. I know he is retired but that does not mean his philanthropy work needs to end, but that is the case at this point. Bess was a good player and even better person, unfortunately, that’s been lost to the wind.