Cincinnati Bengals: Whatever Happened to: Odell Thurman

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Forget about football. Thurman was going down a path in which he appeared destined to drown himself in alcohol, drugs and rage if he didn’t dramatically change his ways.

As he battled his addictions and sought rehab, football appeared to be nothing more than a memory for the troubled linebacker. But oppurtunity would arise in the form of the newly-formed United States Football League, and Thurman would sign with the Florida Tuskers in 2009.

There, he took the league by storm, becoming one of the top defenders and reviving his bleak football career.

The league has since folded, and Thurman is hoping to get one more oppurtunity with an NFL club. The last story on him was in 2010, when former former Bengals assistant and defensive coordinator for Orlando, Chuck Bresnahan, said Thurman could help an NFL team if he were ever reinstated.

Thurman is still under indefinite suspension. Bresnahan says the linebacker played “lights-out football” for Orlando, and several NFL teams were potentially interested in him. To this point, no one has signed him, and while his football career may be over, he appears to finally be turning his life around for the better.

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