Former Florida wide receiver Antonio Callaway has spoken out after reports broke Tuesday that his drug test sample at the NFL combine came back diluted.
Callaway said he will “take full responsibility for everything,” as reported by NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport on Wednesday. Callaway also said he has received guidance from Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown regarding the matter. Callaway’s comments came after ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that the player tested positive for marijuana at the NFL combine.
Just spoke with remorseful #UF WR Antonio Callaway regarding his drug test at the Combine. He said he smoked weeks before but vowed “I take full responsibility for everything.” Callaway said Antonio Brown counseled him “There is too much opportunity to be messing up."
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 25, 2018
Callaway finished with 1,399 yards receiving with 7 touchdowns at Florida. He was the Gators’ top wide receiver during the 2015 and 2016 seasons. He also displayed strong skill on special teams by producing 2 punt returns for touchdowns and another touchdown on a kickoff in his two-year college career.
But he never saw the field last fall because he was implicated in credit card fraud as part of a case that involved nine Florida players. Callaway had multiple other incidents in his time with the Gators.
“I mean, they already know I’m a good athlete. Just know I’m not a bad person,” he said at pro day. “I mean, I’ve just got to get, somebody’s just got to believe in me. … There’s only so much I can do. So whoever take[s] a shot with me, I’ll give it everything I’ve got. They ain’t going to be disappointed. So whoever don’t, then it is what it is.”
Callaway is already on his second agent after initially hiring Mel Bratton.
It will be interesting to see what becomes of Callaway during the 2018 NFL Draft, which runs from Thursday to Saturday.