This may have nothing to do with USC, but it effects young athletes everywhere...
By now you all know the story of Aaron Hernandez. Whether it was SportsCenter, FOX, or NFL Memes the entire world knows how the former New England Patriots tight-end is now at the front of a murder case. The body of former semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd was found near the home of Hernandez and after a few days of investigating Hernandez has been arrested and is facing first degree murder, along with five gun-related charges. This is not a story of what the case is about but how Aaron Hernandez has become an example for young athletes everywhere.
Aaron Hernandez was a star coming out of high school and played for Urban Meyer's 2007-2009 Florida Gators. He was a huge impact for Urban for three years until he decided to forgo his senior season and make himself eligible for the 2010 NFL Draft. He finished his career with 111 receptions for 1,382 yards and 12 touchdowns, he also snagged the John Mackey award his junior year. Entering the draft a lot of controversy swirled around his head because he had a shady past. He had failed multiple drug tests and admitted to using marijuana while at Florida, clearly this hurt his draft stock. In the fourth round the New England Patriots gave him a chance and drafted him with the 113th pick. He had three really good years with the Pats and created the Gronk-Hernandez Tandem at tight-end.
After Hernandez was arrested the Patriots released him two hours later. Aaron Hernandez had all the potential in the world and he blew it all away. He committed the worst crime someone can do, taking away a human life. It absolutely disgusts me that he can hold his head up in pride when hearing his charges, no expression and no remorse. All young athletes should learn that you are not invincible! Just because you are a superstar and the world has their eyes on you constantly does not mean you get the right to lay a hand on anyone off the field. We see to much violence from athletes outside of the game, and I hope this is the wake up call all young athletes need, DON'T BE DUMB LIKE AARON! Being an exceptional athlete enough to play at an elite level is like winning the lottery, and he threw it away. You guys have something that is very rare, please realize this, you guys may be rich and famous but that doesn't overpower the law or morals. I hope Aaron gets what he deserves, finally I send my condolences to the family of Odin Lloyd.