Adams was 'a great kid'

Those who knew him describe Gaines Adams as a passionate family man

Updated: January 18, 2010, 2:36 PM ET
By Melissa Isaacson | ESPNChicago.com

Gaines Adams was a 26-year-old football player whose career, after three seasons in the NFL, had been summed up as disappointing.

He was the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' fourth overall pick in the 2007 draft. The choice was ultimately criticized, along with Adams, who had both his ability and his passion questioned, pretty much a double whammy.

Tampa's new general manager Mark Dominik was credited -- in perhaps the only good thing fans ever said about Dominik -- for salvaging ...

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