The Fall Of Aaron Hernandez And Off-Field Violence
In the modern NFL era, a position called tight end has risen to a new degree of importance. Tight ends are hybrid offensive players. The best ones are big, powerful, fearless and fleet of foot. They're able to a block huge a linebacker on a running play and, one play later, run a sharp, quick pass route. Aaron Hernandez was one of the best.
A young Puerto Rican and Italian player out of Bristol, Connecticut, Hernandez prospered in the offense of the New England Patriots. And when I say prospered, I mean he recently signed a five year contract extension worth almost $40 million.
Yesterday, he was arrested in connection with a murder. Prosecutors claim he orchestrated the execution-style killing of a man named Odin Lloyd. The case will touch of a fresh conversation about the violence of the game, and the way it doesn't always stay on the field.