The criticism Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Matt Barkley receives seems to never end, as evidenced by his recent Twitter exchange with ESPN reporter Adam Schefter.
The rookie signal-caller is on a mission to change the stigma about the ‘Hollywood’ label perceived by most outsiders, as highlighted in this article that takes an in-depth look at Barkley as he prepares for the upcoming 2013 season.
You're probably thinking NFL history hasn't been too kind to USC quarterbacks. Mark Sanchez is trying to resurrect his career with the New York Jets, and Carson Palmer is doing the same with the Arizona Cardinals. Matt Leinart is hoping a team will sign him to a contract.
It would be expected that Barkley will struggle, or even fail to become the Eagles' starter this season.
On one hand, new coach Chip Kelly hand-picked Barkley. On the other hand, it wasn't too long ago when Vick ruled the NFL after serving a jail sentence for his involvement with illegal dog-fighting.
Barkley has accuracy as his strength. Now he also has perseverance. The ability to compete amid adversity has only made him stronger.
"He turns adversity into success; he turns the negatives into positives," Mater Dei Coach Bruce Rollinson told me in March when Barkley was inducted into the school's hall of fame.