Ravens' Stallworth looking forward, dealing with past

Wide receiver says 'it's a daily process' dealing with DUI-vehicular manslaughter conviction

April 01, 2010|By Jamison Hensley | jamison.hensley@baltsun.com

Ravens wide receiver Donte' Stallworth, signed as a free agent Feb. 16 after missing last season because he was suspended by the league, said today that "it's a daily process" in dealing with his past.

On March 14, 2009, Stallworth struck and killed a pedestrian in Miami Beach, Fla.

"Now that I'm back playing, it's not in the back of my mind," Stallworth said. "It's something I deal with everyday, waking up in the morning and going to sleep at night. It's a tough situation for everyone involved. "

He added, "If I could go back and take that night over, I would."

Stallworth, 29, who last played in 2008 for the Cleveland Browns, pleaded guilty to DUI-vehicular manslaughter in April 2009 and was subsequently suspended by the league indefinitely. On July 10, Stallworth was released from jail after serving 24 days of a 30-day sentence.

Commissioner Roger Goodell reinstated Stallworth on Feb. 8 and the Ravens signed him eight days later. The Ravens will be his fifth NFL team in a seven-year career. He has 296 catches for 4,383 yards in his career.   The signing of Stallworth was the first step in the Ravens upgrading their wide receiver position this offseason. The Ravens later traded for Arizona's Anquan Boldin and re-signed Derrick Mason, which has given more weapons for Joe Flacco.

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