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Letter to My Younger Self, Tarik Cohen
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Dear 17-year-old Tarik,

Stop screaming at Mom for a second and walk out of the room.

I know you feel like you’re getting good enough at football to maybe earn a free ride to college, and that by moving the family to a new town, Mom would be putting that at risk. 

“It’s not fair! This sucks!!!! How could you do this to me?!?!?!” 

I hear you, man. I get it.  

But do me a favor….

Bring it down a notch. Take a deep breath or two. 

Head back to your room and give me a few minutes of your time. Because I have something I need to share with you right now.  

It’s about your future, and what comes next. 

I know it’s been rough to this point — with Mom trying to raise three boys all by herself, and the jumping back and forth between six different elementary schools in North Carolina before you even turned 10. And now this new move? It’s like: Things couldn’t possibly get any worse!

Well, that’s actually what I want to talk to you about, Tarik. You’re going to need to really hunker down from this point on. Because the next 10 years are about to be even more challenging than the previous ones. And it won’t even be close.  

I mean, sure, the football side of things … that will be pretty great. 

But everything else.… 

********

Look, nothing I can write in this letter could possibly prepare you for everything that is about to happen. I don’t even know where to start, to be honest with you. There’s just so much. Looking back on it all, it almost doesn’t seem real.

There will be a big bag of crack cocaine.

There’ll be a gun … right there in your hand, ready to shoot, to help you get revenge.

There will be death. In the family. Unimaginable loss.

And that’s only for starters. 

It's going to be a lot. And you know what? I wouldn’t fault you if you want to stop reading this letter right here. Not one bit.

But at the same time, I know how you like to be prepared for everything, and how you don’t like being surprised. So I mainly just wanted to write this so you can be better prepared for three specific phone calls that are going to change your life forever. 

Ninety seconds total of phone time. If that. 

That’s all it will take to turn your entire life upside down. One call each from the three most important people in your life: Your mom, your little brother, Dante, and your twin brother, Tyrell.  

*******

https://www.theplayerstribune.com/posts/tarik-cohen-mental-health-nfl-football

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Re: Letter to My Younger Self, Tarik Cohen
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It is a pretty long read, I knew a lot of what was in it... But OMG that poor kid. I truly wish him the best going forward. I have always liked seeing him on and off the field. 

Train like you are 2nd, but play like you are 1st.

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Re: Letter to My Younger Self, Tarik Cohen
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After reading his letter to himself I have to say he should have kept it to himself.

2022  Prepare for the Suck!

2023 A Bright new Day!

Ryan Poles ripping off the band-aids since 2022!

 

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PS: Hey younger Tarik, stay off Social Media. That is not the place to showcase your skills to prospective employers!

2022  Prepare for the Suck!

2023 A Bright new Day!

Ryan Poles ripping off the band-aids since 2022!

 

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Tarik Cohen injured while live streaming workout

Posted by Michael David Smith on May 17, 2022, 2:27 PM EDT

Free agent running back Tarik Cohen appeared to suffer a serious injury while working out today, with all of it live streamed on Cohen’s own Instagram account.

The video shows Cohen doing an agility drill, planting his foot to change directions and then falling to the ground, grabbing the back of his ankle.

The injury and Cohen’s reaction led to immediate speculation that he might have torn his Achilles tendon.

Cohen suffered a serious knee injury in the third game of 2020, forcing him to miss the rest of that season and the entire 2021 season. He was working out in the hopes of finding a team that would sign him for 2022.

A fourth-round draft pick of the Bears in 2017, Cohen was a first-team All-Pro return man in 2018.

******

This fascination with self generated hype by using Instagram and other platforms has just gotten out of hand. Let your Agent do his job.  

Teams weren't looking at him before due to his knee injury and inability to get back on the field last season. Now there is a new Red Flag next to his name, possible Achilles injury.

Tarik, just take your millions you have already made and move on with your life. Find a cause or career that excites you and go do it. I loved watching this guy play, but I have to admit, I cringed every time he got hit really hard. Johnny Knox's injury keeps coming back to me. There was another electric, exciting and super fast guy, that just was not built for football. 

Get well soon and take care of yourself. You were a good Bear and teammate to many.

2022  Prepare for the Suck!

2023 A Bright new Day!

Ryan Poles ripping off the band-aids since 2022!

 

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The Shadow wrote:

Tarik Cohen injured while live streaming workout

Posted by Michael David Smith on May 17, 2022, 2:27 PM EDT

Free agent running back Tarik Cohen appeared to suffer a serious injury while working out today, with all of it live streamed on Cohen’s own Instagram account.

The video shows Cohen doing an agility drill, planting his foot to change directions and then falling to the ground, grabbing the back of his ankle.

The injury and Cohen’s reaction led to immediate speculation that he might have torn his Achilles tendon.

Cohen suffered a serious knee injury in the third game of 2020, forcing him to miss the rest of that season and the entire 2021 season. He was working out in the hopes of finding a team that would sign him for 2022.

A fourth-round draft pick of the Bears in 2017, Cohen was a first-team All-Pro return man in 2018.

******

This fascination with self generated hype by using Instagram and other platforms has just gotten out of hand. Let your Agent do his job.  

Teams weren't looking at him before due to his knee injury and inability to get back on the field last season. Now there is a new Red Flag next to his name, possible Achilles injury.

Tarik, just take your millions you have already made and move on with your life. Find a cause or career that excites you and go do it. I loved watching this guy play, but I have to admit, I cringed every time he got hit really hard. Johnny Knox's injury keeps coming back to me. There was another electric, exciting and super fast guy, that just was not built for football. 

Get well soon and take care of yourself. You were a good Bear and teammate to many.

An MRI confirmed the injury, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

2022  Prepare for the Suck!

2023 A Bright new Day!

Ryan Poles ripping off the band-aids since 2022!

 

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