Video proof of Stephen Garcia hitting bottom

Amazing that Stephen Garcia and Connor Shaw (right) were teammates. Shaw’s in NFL. (AP)

Amazing that Stephen Garcia and Connor Shaw (right) were teammates. Shaw's in NFL. (AP)

Amazing that Stephen Garcia and Connor Shaw (right) were teammates. Shaw’s in NFL. (AP)

Remember Stephen Garcia, the overgrown frat boy and former South Carolina quarterback who was suspended something like 37 times by coach Steve Spurrier (expect, coincidentally, always in a non-game week because of Spurrier’s keen sense for timing)?

Well, I’ll recap Garcia’s failed attempts at professional football shortly. But first, let me share with you what he’s doing now.

Ready?

Here goes . . .

I’ll resume when you stop laughing.

Still waiting.

Still waiting.

OK . . .

Thanks to alert reader @MelissaRabb1 on Twitter for bringing this to my attention: Garcia, who managed to party his way out of a potentially great college career and possible pro job, is now breaking down games for the college football blog site, Saturday Down South. I went back and found a news story of his hiring in June, carried by The State newspaper’s online South Carolina page, GoGamecocks.com. A snippet:

Former South Carolina quarterback Stephen Garcia is getting a voice in the media world.

Saturday Down South on Sunday revealed via Twitter on Sunday that it was bringing Garcia on board later in the summer. SDS did not say exactly what Garcia’s role will be, but it was suggested he will provide analysis for the site.

Analysis might be stretching it.

As we see in this episode, Garcia wears a poncho and sombrero and, in his politically incorrect-best/worst accent, says, “Hello folks. I’m Stephen Gracia. And I’m going to take a siesta on all these games because there’s no good games this week.”

He’s right about the schedule. But otherwise his breakdown reflects his work ethic on the field. So there’s one more reason why the only place to come to for solid financial advice is Weekend Predictions! (Shameless cross-promotion. And I don’t want to talk about the Texas A&M game.)

Garcia threw for 7,597 yards at South Carolina. But he ultimately was kicked off the team before his senior season for multiple acts of stupidity, most of them involving alcohol. Among them: Showing up at a life skills event, after already being on double-secret probation, smelling of booze and making a buffoon of himself.

In his last five games with the Gamecocks, Garcia had four touchdowns and nine interceptions. He wasn’t drafted by any NFL team in 2012, so he went where most head cases go: to Canada. He signed with the CFL’s Montreal Alouettes but spent most of the season on the injured list and was released after a year.

According to this story, Garcia somehow injured two fingers while flashing the peace sign while getting off the team bus. (I really don’t want to know.)

Garcia’s CFL experience lasted one year. Then he signed with Tampa Bay of the Arena Football League last January. But his strange evolution went like this: reassigned-suspended-reassigned-assigned-reassigned-suspended. (Again: I really don’t want to know.)

I’m not sure exactly where things stand now, but given the poncho and sombrero I’m guessing the next stop will see him dancing in a dog costume in front of a pawn shop.

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— MyAJC: Full Q&A with Braves CEO Terry McGuirk
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— MyAJC: If Tech wins, it will be with a better option
— MyAJC: Predicting Georgia Tech’s season, game-by-game
— AJC: On Braves, McGuirk and repairing baseball
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— MyAJC: Mike Tice has a challenge — and he knows it
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— AJC: Falcons can survive without Baker, not others
— AJC: FSU No. 1, Georgia No. 12 in poll of insignificance
— MyAJC: Trent Miles trying to change attitudes at Georgia State
— AJC: With Braves six back, is ‘Fat Lady’ singing?
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Li'le Bill
Li'le Bill

I think the kid is a shoe-in for used car commercials. He don't need no stinkin' fooootball.

HotDawg
HotDawg

That was freaking hilarious.

The_Real_KJ
The_Real_KJ

I wonder if it's in his contract that he has to be sauced during taping; that's likely the only thing that would make it watchable.


Always hilarious to remember that SOS only kicked him off the team right after Shaw made his breakthrough start.  Way to crack the whip, Stevie.

Levon_Helm
Levon_Helm

This is not going as Jeff planned.   Party on, Garcia.  

TimeRacer
TimeRacer

@Rory_Bellows Schultz hitting bottom?  Tough to actually hit bottom when it's your permanent residence.  Classless hack job attack column on a guy that isn't even really in the news anymore.  But, that's the left wing media for you.  They'll prop up scrubby players that don't belong in the NFL because it fits their warped PC agenda.  And you're some kind of 'ist' if you dare disagree.  Then turn around and spitefully and hatefully attack anyone who doesn't fit their idea.  It's like our JV President in Washington.....got tons more anger, hate and vitriol for Fox News and the Republican party than he will ever have for ISIS or any of the other monsters that are taking over most of the world under his watch.

Nowayjose9
Nowayjose9

The only thing missing was a bottle of Tekila.

PigIron
PigIron

I suspect that you're just jealous because Garcia rates a Wikipedia page and you don't.

zuzu331
zuzu331

Whats the point of this passive aggressive nasty little foot stamp of an article? Alternate Headlines:"Garcia earns an honest living,harms absolutely no one in the process." "College Kids party and do dumb stuff." "Garcia one of eighteen zillion college players who dont make the NFL."

RangeRover
RangeRover

Yesterday, a non story on Michael Sam; today a non story on Stephen Garcia.

Impressive, Schultz.

Oh how one longs for the days of AJC journalistic pride with Bisher, Outlar, Grizzard, Hudspeth, etc....

fez
fez

@OH-IO @RangeRover argh.  i had successfully forgotten about that clown.  thanks a lot.

RangeRover
RangeRover

"...(expect, coincidentally, always in a non-game week because of Spurrier’s keen sense for timing)?"

One would assume you meant "except," Jeff.


cctusc1
cctusc1

Schultz has had in it for Spurrier for years, why talk about a QB from SC that hasn't been in the news for years, oh yeah, just to take another in a long line of sorry lazy jabs at Spurrier and SC...Schultz what's next, want to talk about a former high school team mate of Spurriers from high school who broke the law recently, or perhaps we can talk about how you wish you had as much wit, and hair as the old ball coach


lazy, lazy lazy story from someone who I pity because he's a bitter man, who can't get over his obsession with the old ball coach.....


BTW.....those who can't grow hair on top, sport beards because they have an image issue and feel less than masculine


Old news from an old fart

TampGator1
TampGator1

Very mean spirited article.  Schultz.....you are better than this.....I hope.  But it was sad to see Garcia making fun of his Spanish heritage like that.....and I did not laugh one time.

JSSN
JSSN

@TampGator1 

"it was sad to see Garcia making fun of his Spanish heritage like that."

"Spanish heritage?" He was mocking a Gringo version of Sonoran culture! It's not  "Spanish heritage!"

WillyMgee
WillyMgee

this is old news.  he's been with SDS for some time.  Jeff's just mad he can't have fun at work like these guys do.  keep on hating, though, Jeff!

Redding
Redding

@WillyMgee


For godsakes, dude, loosen up.  This was a hilarious piece.  Thanks, Schultzy.

TampGator1
TampGator1

@Redding


Not really.  Kind of stupid act by Garcia, a man of Spanish decent.

Zino
Zino

garcia parties more than lindsey lohan!  the man can drink with the best!!! party on --- all that booze, so little time!!

JSSN
JSSN

¡Je je je je Gringo, Estebán Garcia es muy grande y estupido!

RangeRover
RangeRover

@JSSN

Sin embargo, sólo lo suficientemente atractivo como para Jeff Schultz a escribir posts sobre. Impresionante, ¿eh?

JSSN
JSSN

@nevrenuftime

Seriously, why even comment? That man's "mother" died a few years back and was a "Holocaust" survivor. You want to make jokes and insults, fine, but be adult to keep people's mothers. fathers, and children out of your lack of originality.

JSSN
JSSN

@JackClemens

If you put "gordo" behind "muy" it makes it about an occurrence. You have remember your tense rules. I'll just stick to large.

maxman2660
maxman2660

he probably thinks it beats the hell out of working at wal mart or flipping burgers at mickey D's which seem to be his only other career options

pi
pi

i guess it is against the rules to leave a space in gamecock? oops

ElemennoP
ElemennoP

@OH-IO 


Wonder if Garcia ever signed merchandise in exchange for tatts.....

TampGator1
TampGator1

@OH-IO 


Same old same old.  Same old same old.  You are Garcia are two peas in a pod.