Is Aaron Hernandez Most Tragic Sports Story Ever?
Is it the worst tragedy in the history of sports?
A guy is a star on an NFL team. Then one day he kills some guy. Then he goes to jail. A few years later, he allegedly kills himself in the jail cell.
Aaron Hernandez, gone, this week.
Another news headline. Another guy dead.
This story is right up there with some of the all-time horrible sports stories. Remember that great basketball player for the University of Maryland who got drafted second overall by the Boston Celtics?
Dream came true. On his way to becoming a millionaire.
Within a few days, the dream died. The nightmare struck. Lenny Bias died of a cocaine overdose.
His death was a national nightmare. It freaked people out, especially those who were snorting cocaine with regularity back then. If a great athlete like Bias could stop his heart forever by ingesting cocaine, then anyone else could, too. America changed the moment Bias died. More awareness about the dangers of cocaine, more sadness, more disbelief, incurable sadness and despair.
We’re still not over Lenny’s death. Never will be.
Then there was that all-talent safety out of The U who became a star with the Washington Redskins. His name was Sean Taylor. Fast, athletic, and a hard hitter, Taylor was born to be an all-pro safety in the NFL.
Then one day some guys came to his front door and shot him in the leg. Blood everywhere. Couldn’t be stopped.
Dead. He went from starring in and NFL game one weekend and a few days later deceased.
Three guys, Hernandez, Bias, and Taylor, all dead at absurdly young ages. Their lives ruined before they reached their thirties.
Of the three, the story that keeps gnawing at me is the one of how Hernandez went from NFL star to convict.
It all went so wrong. So, so, so wrong.
So awful. Such a waste.
What happened, Aaron? Why did you kill that guy?
Tom Brady was throwing you touchdown passes and you were playing for the best NFL franchise. What in the world were you thinking?
Inside the heads of people some very mysterious things go on. You would have to be very screwed up mentally to do what Hernandez did given the great life he was living.
How many NFL players are cold-blooded murders? They do some bad things, but killers?
Not many do that. None I can think of.
And none end up killing themselves after killing somebody else.
What were you thinking, Aaron?
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