When the No. 1 overall prospect of the 2012 recruiting cycle passed on Alabama, Auburn and Texas to stay home and play for the University of Missouri, the sky was the limit. But what started with the potential for one of the most exciting football careers of this decade collapsed as quickly as it started.
Former Missouri Tigers wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham was arrested late Wednesday night in his hometown of Springfield, Missouri. According to online records, the former star wide receiver jumped through a glass window and was later caught with a pound of marijuana in his backpack.
When the Greene County Sheriff’s Office arrived with a search warrant where the 25-year-old Green-Beckham was, the former top college football prospect dove through the glass window to evade police. According to the USA Today, Green-Beckham did not live in the home and wasn’t even the target of the search warrant.
After searching the East Grand Street home, police found seven pounds of marijuana, and another man was arrested during the raid.
This is the second arrest for Dorial Green-Beckham in the last year. He pled guilty earlier this year for driving while intoxicated back in December 2017. He was on probation for that DWI when he was booked in Greene County Jail on felony drug possession and resisting arrest charges early Thursday morning.
The highly-sought after football star’s career started just like you’d expect under coach Gary Pinkel at Mizzou. Heralded as the next Calvin Johnson, the 6-foot-6, 230-pound wide receiver caught 87 passes for 1,278 yards and 17 touchdowns during his first two seasons in college football, and he earned second-team All-SEC honors as a sophomore.
Then, his Missouri Tigers football career abruptly ended.
In 2014, a student claimed the star receiver forced his way into his then-girlfriend’s apartment, and he pushed her female roommate down a set of stairs. Charges weren’t filed in the incident, but Green-Beckham was dismissed from the Missouri football team as a result. He transferred to the University of Oklahoma, but after sitting out one season due to NCAA transfer rules, he declared for the 2015 NFL Draft without playing a snap for the Sooners.
The superstar pass catcher was a second round pick of the Tennessee Titans in the 2015 NFL Draft. After one year, the Titans traded him to the Philadelphia Eagles. Following the 2016 season, Green-Beckham was waived and hasn’t played professional football since.
The two-time USA Today High School All-American at Hillcrest High School never reached 1,000 career receiving yards wearing an NFL uniform.
Formal charges and a court date have yet to be released following his most recent arrest, and only time will tell if the once highly-touted former NFL prospect will find the help he needs to get back on the straight and narrow path.