Vontaze Burfuct has drawn a lot of critisizm for both on the field and off the field. Surprisingly enough, it's the *off the field attention that has coveted his name in the headlines lately despite playing at such an intense level throughout his first 2 years at Arizona State. I like Vontaze. He's a kid who lives in a shell of what the world perceives him as in his personal life. Put him on 120 yds of SOD or turf and this kid may potentially lift your skull from your spinal cord when called upon to do so. What Vontaze has come across in his limited adult life is the mentorship and leadership from teammates who might otherwise warrant his immediate attention. Burfict joined the Sun Devils behind 3 of his fellow teammates from HS. I'd link it - But I'm lazy and not an employee from the NFL who feels obligated to do your homework for you... He follows what's familiar - and in doing so, he accomplishes 2 of 3 things: 1) Plays D-1, PAC-10 DPOY as a Frosh; 2) Plays lights out -- while still accruing a multitude of PF for his high tempo play and often, irratic behavior on the field. Justifying these actions would be difficult but adding dialogue to a conversation that is seemingly one sided is a defense I'm willing to take. Burfict loves football. He loves intensity - but he also loves the sanctuary his family provides when the world seems to be falling to pieces. He struggles with the day to day scrutiny that we in social media are all too comfortable with. I'm not excusing this position - simply identifying it as a weakness he has already conveyed when put under fire. When I see Vontaze Burfict, I see an animal. When I read, listen or see Mr Burfict, I see a human being with an incredible gift -- hoping for the opportunity to share that gift with the guidance and leadership he has been with out for the majority of his adult life. His mother has exhuasted every effort to help her son and he knows it. Additionally, he also knows that his best kept secret - is the one he doesn't control. I see a star. Maybe not tomorrow, but this kid has a huge heart.