this July 28, 2014, file photo, Green Bay Packers’ Andrew
Quarless is shown during NFL football training camp in Green
Bay, Wis. Calling it the "saddest day of my life,"
Packers Andrew Quarless revealed Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, that he
missed the first two days of the team's training camp last week
because his daughter died at birth last week.
GREEN BAY — Green
Bay Packers tight end Andrew Quarless revealed Monday he missed the
first two days of training camp because his daughter died at birth
initially been excused from the first practice of camp on Thursday for
what coach Mike McCarthy termed "a positive personal
situation." The coach's tone changed ominously the following day
when Quarless was again absent, saying the sixth-year tight end was
dealing with "a very difficult family situation."
On Monday, after
fully participating in his first practice of camp, Quarless shared the
devastating news and acknowledged that returning to football had been
something of a safe haven.
Quarless had taken
part on a limited basis in Saturday's practice before players had
Sunday off. He struggled at times to keep his emotions in check as he
spoke Monday after several family members, including his 5-year-old
son, watched practice.
saddest day of my life," Quarless said. "I thank this team
for the type of support they have given me to help me get through
this. Just very thankful for these guys. It's really a family in here.
"I (was) looking
forward my first day getting back out there today. It felt real good.
It felt real good just to get out there, catch some passes, be able to
run around a little bit, kind of get back to your old self and get
back into things.
important thing was my son was able to come out there. He was really
looking forward to being a big brother," Quarless said.
"Today was rough. I'm a little drained. I was drained the past
couple of days. ... being around my teammates having fun and actually
smile, actually to smile and be happy, that was good for me."
Quarless had been
looking forward to his daughter's birth, especially in the wake of his
July 4 arrest in Miami Beach, Florida, on a misdemeanor gun charge. He
allegedly fired two shots into the air after an argument with a group
of women, according to police. He pleaded no contest last month and is
due in court on Aug. 24.
Quarless faces a
possible suspension under the NFL personal conduct policy, although
it's unclear when such a decision would be made. Defensive lineman
Letroy Guion was arrested on drug and gun charges in February and
reportedly learned last month that he'd be receiving a three-game
suspension, although he is appealing.
Asked how his
conversation went with McCarthy after his arrest, Quarless replied,
"He was very upset. Very upset. I just apologized to him for
bringing negativity to this place. We have a great group of character
guys. There's just so much character in this locker room. I just
apologized for bringing negative because you never want to bring
negative to something like this."
McCarthy then told him to "just focus, don't be too hard on
yourself" and to learn from his mistake.
serious. I'm a role model to a lot of kids," Quarless said.
"You can't take things for granted and I don't take this
organization for granted and I don't take my position for granted. I'm
just really, really thankful. That's the main word I can really use is
thankful for this group of guys.
mindset about life has kind of changed a lot. With my daughter, I
promise you, I was looking (to find) a little bit of happiness in my
daughter. You just can't take life for granted."