The Fall Of Aaron Hernandez And Off-Field Violence

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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.


  

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One of your points was that these men have so much down time and that's could contribute to why they get into trouble. I am a teacher and have down time in the summer - I have never gotten into trouble. And I am a track and field fan. I started to think about all the professional runners I follow, many of whom have a good amount of down time between running, eating, and sleeping. The ones I can think of make movies, run organic food businesses, write books, and build clinics in Africa during their down time.