Daniel “Boom” Herron and DeVier Posey believe they have learned hard lessons as they prepare for the NFL
By Jordan Cohen
Running back Dan “Boom” Herron and wide receiver DeVier Posey describe their suspensions during the 2011 Ohio State season as “a learning experience” that they hope will help them make better choices should they be drafted by a National Football League team.
The two had been among five players who were suspended for much of the season for accepting tattoos and other gifts in violation of NCAA rules. The probe eventually led to the resignation of Coach Jim Tressel. Ohio State wound up with a losing record of 6-7 including its loss to Florida in the Gator Bowl.
Herron, a Warren native and 2007 graduate of Warren G. Harding High School, returned home Saturday along with Posey, who is from Cincinnati, to sign autographs at the Everything Buckeye store in the Eastwood Mall.
“I have grown from this and I plan to make better decisions,” Herron said, while Posey described his suspension as “humbling.” The two are currently training in Florida for the NFL Combine in Indianapolis beginning February 22. Their performance may determine how high of a round each will be drafted. Herron said, however, that he is also focusing on his life outside of football.
“I’m a community guy and I’m always ready to help kids,” said Herron who said he has given speeches at schools and summer camps. “I tell them school comes before football.”
Posey said he has emerged from the controversy with a positive outlook. “I’m back to square one,” he said, “and I want to start in the right place.”
Herron, 22, and the team Most Valuable Player this past season, says he hopes teams will recognize he is “an all-around back” who can catch and run the football and do “anything I can to help the team out.
“I’m a guy who works hard however long it takes,” Herron said, while Posey, 21, said he believes his skills will be noticed by the NFL. “All I know is I can play football,” Posey said.
The pair signed autographs for two hours with fans paying $25 for both autographs. It’s the third Ohio State autograph signing event held this year at the store, according to owner Jeff Lyda.
“We’re hoping to hold another one just before the start of the next football season,” Lyda said.