HOUSTON - MAY 21: Shawn Loiseau #90 of the Houston Texans during the first day of OTA's at the Methodist Training Center at Reliant Park on May 21, 2012 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
I had no idea. Loiseau's account of what happened on that fatetful night five years ago is after the jump.
"It was a school night, and I was coming home from the gym,” he said. “As I was getting out of my car, two kids in a gang were going to my neighbor’s house. Basically, they challenged me to a fight, and we started going back and forth.
“One had a pipe, and one had a crowbar. My dad came out and got between us. He told them to go away. When I saw they were trying to get aggressive toward my father, I kind of stepped between them, and that’s when I got hit in the forehead with the pipe.
“I went down to one knee. One guy tried kicking me in the face, but I tackled him to the pavement and punched him, and he ended up in a coma. They charged me with assault and battery with a deadly weapon. They said the ground was my weapon. They said I went above and beyond self-defense. I had to get 26 stitches, but he didn’t get charged with anything.”
Loiseau's high school wouldn't let him come back until he resolved the criminal charges pending against him, and he says the Division I-A schools that were looking at him walked away after his arrest. Loiseau returned to high school, led his team to a state championship, went to Merrimack College, got his degree, and was named defensive player of the year for his conference. Now, he's trying to make the Texans as an UDFA.
It's an uphill battle for any UDFA to make a roster in the NFL, but this has to be child's play compared to what Loiseau's already gone through.