September 1, 1999 |
After weeks of wavering, rookie defensive end Dimitrius Underwood returned to football Tuesday and pledged his 100%-commitment to the Miami Dolphins. To show he meant it, Underwood even showed up for practice. The workout was the first for the unpredictable rookie since Aug. 2, when he walked out on the Minnesota Vikings after one practice to focus on his religious faith. Underwood said his career with the Dolphins will last longer. "I'm happy to be here," he said.
September 28, 1999 |
The saga of Dimitrius Underwood took another bizarre turn Monday when police said he had slashed himself in the neck with a knife. Police found the 22-year-old defensive end covered with blood on a downtown Lansing, Mich., street Sunday after getting calls that a man was yelling for help. "He was somewhat despondent," police spokesman Lt. Ray Hall said. A first-round draft pick by the Minnesota Vikings, Underwood left after one day of training camp, questioning if he wanted to play football.
December 18, 1999 |
Troubled rookie Dimitrius Underwood, who attempted suicide in September and fled from a mental health center last week, was released Friday by the Miami Dolphins. Underwood, who said he wants to be with his family, has wavered on whether to play in the NFL since being drafted in the first round by the Minnesota Vikings last spring. He played in one exhibition game for the Dolphins before attempting suicide, then spent two months in protective care.
January 7, 2001 |
Troubled Dallas Cowboy defensive end Dimitrius Underwood tried to kill himself for the second time in about a year, this time by running into traffic twice on a busy suburban highway, police in Coral Springs, Fla., said. Underwood, 23, told police he "wanted to go to Jesus" after he was detained for kicking and denting a car and asking passers-by for a gun Wednesday. Underwood was taken into custody and hospitalized, police said.
May 7, 2000 |
Sprawled across a navy blue sofa, Dimitrius Underwood doesn't have a care in the world. He's sound asleep in the middle of the Dallas Cowboys locker room. A morning practice is done and now it's the lunch hour. A nap is his favorite way to prepare for the upcoming defensive meeting and second practice of the day. The serene scene doesn't seem to fit.
March 11, 2000 |
The Dallas Cowboys signed troubled defensive end Dimitrius Underwood on Friday to a two-year contract. Underwood, a first-round draft pick by Minnesota last season, has yet to play a down because of a series of bizarre incidents with the Vikings, then the Miami Dolphins, including a suicide attempt. * Ray Lewis pleaded not guilty to murder and assault charges stemming from two stabbing deaths after a Super Bowl party in Atlanta. Jury selection is scheduled for May 15. . . .