Say it ain't so. Former Georgia Tech running back Johnathan Dwyer has reportedly been arrested in Phoenix for an altercation with his wife. The Cardinals running back also allegedly prevented someone from calling 911.
Confirmed: Cardinals' Jonathan Dwyer arrested on assault charges http://t.co/YAaquMD1Se— 12News (@12News) September 17, 2014
12 News in Arizona first reported the news but then backed off of the story. They confirmed it shortly after.
This is devastating news to the NFL and likely to many Tech fans. Dwyer was sensational in his three years in Atlanta and gained respect from the fan base with his relentless running style. He currently sits sixth in career rushing yards for the Yellow Jackets and tied for third in rushing touchdowns. Dwyer was the heart of the 2009 team that finished 11-3 (10-3 due to forfeited ACC Championship game) and made a BCS bowl game. Dwyer ran for 1,395 yards and 14 touchdowns that season. He declared for the NFL Draft the following year where he was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers. He signed with the Arizona Cardinals this offseason and scored his first touchdown for the Cards last week against the Giants.
This is tough news for me. Dwyer arrived at Tech right as I was becoming a true, die-hard fan of Yellow Jackets football. I had always watched and loved Tech, but I had finally started to really understand the game of football and becoming passionate about it.
I was in attendance at Dwyer's first career home game in 2007 against Samford. I watched Dwyer run for 138 yards and three touchdowns; I was enthralled. My number 21 jersey from years' past had a new meaning to it. The player I called "Jon Diesel" was my favorite athlete in the world during his three seasons at Tech.
Dwyer was always a class act. I met him once, and he was always nice and respectful to his fans. I've tweeted him and received responses very frequently. I now live in Kennesaw close to where Dwyer went to Kell High School. The respect he has here is just as high as it is with Tech fans. His reputation has always been unscathed.
That's why this is very tough news for me. We don't know exactly what occurred yet, and we all know that mistakes do happen, but it's never easy to see one of your favorite athletes and role models come under allegations like this. We at FTRS offer our condolences to Jonathan's wife, Kayla Dwyer, and the rest of their family.