Wednesday, April 19, 2017

The Tragedy of Aaron Hernandez

New England Patriots' head coach Bill Belichick
 and Aaron Hernandez
Tragedy. A word Patriots’ coach Bill Belichick used to describe Aaron Hernandez. There is no other word that adequately describes Hernandez’s life and death. A star of the New England Patriots' offense who signed a $40 million contract at age 23, and would have made many millions more in a long NFL career, was sentenced to life in prison without parole at 24-years old for the murder of Odin Lloyd in June 2013, a linebacker for a New England Football League semi-professional football team, the Boston Bandits.

To compound that tragedy, today, Hernandez, now 27-years old, was found dead. He committed suicide in his cell at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley.

It’s a sad day for Hernandez family, his finance, and all those who are involved.

Newsweek’s John Walterson, in an article he wrote in April 2015, described his sentence to life in prison as “He threw that one away.”

“You hear this every Sunday in autumn, from the mouths of both NFL announcers and bar stool analysts. In football parlance, it refers to a quarterback intentionally spiraling a pass out of bounds, far over the heads and beyond the grasps of any players on the field. The passer is wasting a down, but only to avoid a potentially more dire outcome, such as a sack or an interception. He threw that one away refers to having no desirable options and thus choosing the least undesirable.

“On Wednesday morning, former New England Patriot tight end Aaron Hernandez was found guilty of the first-degree murder of Odin Lloyd. In the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, that verdict carries a mandatory sentence of life without parole. Hernandez threw that one away. He launched his life far beyond the field of play and into, as long as he lives, the inside of a jail cell. Why?

“The tragedy of Hernandez’s is a wasted life is that there were no metaphorical pass rushers in his face. No imminent sacks or turnovers in his future. In the gridiron vernacular, he was running in the open field."

So much sadness surrounded the life of Aaron Hernandez 

By Ben Volin