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(By Chris Sharp) My wife has been noticing I am leaving the house practically every time she turns on a football game.  Understand my wife is a real football fan and I used to be a real football fan as well. The big difference now is that I have played football more times than she has.

That’s why I now find football so unbearable.

My wife may yet find football unbearable if things keep going on as they are.

Since I have really always loved football since the day I first heard about it, I know that if I stick around any house with any NFL game playing on TV I am bound to be dragged toward it just as the Sirens were dragging Odysseus toward them.  So, these days when my wife is turning on a football game I often just leave the house, to go to the place where perhaps most temporarily displaced Americans end up. That is, I will often go to a MacDonald’s restaurant – with a book.

Of course, once I go to that MacDonald’s, I will still have trouble not thinking about football, since that is the only reason why I am there.  Speaking of why I end up somewhere, at some point I know I will start thinking about a recently deceased NFL player named Aaron Hernandez.

If you know football, you know Aaron Hernandez.  For everyone else, Aaron Hernandez was an outstanding Pro tight end for the New England Patriots catching the passes of champion quarterback Tom Brady.  Before going to the Patriots, Hernandez was the tight end at the University of Florida for another champion quarterback named Tim Tebow.

Both Brady and Tebow owed a lot of their greatness on the field when Hernandez was with them because of the way Hernandez played.  Like all pro tight ends, Hernandez was a big and tough guy, but he and his fellow Patriot tight end Ron Gronkowski may have been even tougher than all the other pro tight ends added together. As a tight end for Brady and Tebow, unlike a split end, the job of Hernandez was to make hard contact on every play,  When Hernandez wasn’t catching the ball usually in a close place to the scrimmage where he would get eventually get smashed right in the middle of opposing payers, he was hitting the defensive end so hard toward taking him out of the play, away from Brady and Tebow.

But today we don’t associate Hernandez with his football feats.  We instead link his name with the image of what has been created in the mind as an ultimate NFL thug, a public danger, a man who shot to death two guys because a drink was spilled on Hernandez while he was talking them at a bar.

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