Leading Off: Everett’s talent, tragedy need to be separated

The ordeal of Kevin Everett is one that deserves extra-special care. Everett sustained life-threatening injuries while playing a game, two sentence fragments that should never be connected. His recovery is an amazing tale, and his strength and courage are more than simply commendable.
That said, a release sent by the Bills that said “Kevin will always remain a Buffalo Bill in the same way that Jim Kelly, Thurman Thomas and so many others before him are held in the highest regard by our franchise,” got me thinking. While Everett’s story is heartwrenching, his talent proved mediocre.
Is it possible to keep the two separate?
Thankfully, Everett is recovering, and hopefully he’ll lead a normal, productive life. And while we should revere Everett’s spirit, let’s hope we keep his on-field accomplishments in perspective.
Contact sports editor Tim Schmitt at 282-2311, ext. 2266.

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