The game of football has been under serious scrutiny over the years. From Adam Jones getting into an incident at a Las Vegas nightclub, Donte Stallworth running a man over with his car and killing the pedestrian and Michael Vick linked to a dogfighting ring. Let’s look back at 2013 when the report came out about Aaron Hernandez that he was linked to the murder of then 27 year old semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd. Aaron Hernandez was arrested on June 26th, 2013, released by the Patriots 90 minutes after being arrested and charged with first-degree murder. He’s been in jail since then. The big question we all wanted the answer too was will he be found not guilty and walk a free man or would he spend the rest of his life behind bars? We received our answer on Wednesday, April 15th as the 25 year old who was once a key piece for the Patriots offense was found guilty of first-degree murder.
I was extremely high on this guy when he came out of Florida. He was the best tight end in the country during his time and was a lock to be a first-round draft pick. Unfortunately, he admitted to failing a drug test and his draft stock dropped and he was drafted in the fourth round by the New England Patriots. He was a steal for them and became a primary target for Tom Brady. He was a hybrid between tight end and wide receiver with good hands, the speed to move around with the football in his hands and a threat in the open field. He and Rob Gronkowski became known as the “Boston TE Party”. I remember seeing an interview with him and former Patriot Rodney Harrison and one thing I immediately took away was his humility. He didn’t forget where he came from and he was all about handling business on the field. This kid pretty much had his life set and for him to flush it all down the toilet is a result of bad decision making on his part.
I’ve always stated that playing for a professional sports team is a privilege, not a requirement. When you aren’t working out at the team facility, not only are you a representation of the team you play for, you also represent the league that you are employed by. Because of this senseless act of violence, Aaron Hernandez will now spend the rest of his life behind bars.