Jun 26, 2013; North Attleborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots former tight end Aaron Hernandez (left) stands with his attorney Michael Fee as he is arraigned in Attleboro District Court. Hernandez is charged with first degree murder in the death of Odin Lloyd. Mandatory Credit: The Sun Chronicle/Pool Photo via USA TODAY Sports

Dallas Cowboys: Opportunity Of A Lifetime

It’s so hard to watch these guys sometimes. It’s hard to see great athletes turned millionaires who throw it all down the drain.

I grew up loving the Dallas Cowboys and everything they represented. As a child not a day went by that I didn’t dream about one day being able to play for the great Dallas Cowboys. Unfortunately, as is the case for many of us, that just wasn’t in the cards. Maybe I should blame my parents for the bad genetics.

News broke this week about Aaron Hernandez and what looks to be his involvement in a murder case. One of the league’s up and coming stars may never step foot on the field again. Oh what I wouldn’t give to have his talent.

While nowhere near the severity of Hernandez’s current predicament, the news made me ponder the situation’s of several Cowboys players.

The Josh Brent issue is one that shouldn’t be new to anyone. Bad decision making not only may have cost him his career, but also a great friend and teammate. You would think that would be motivation enough to turn your life around, but oh no Brent struck again after testing positive for marijuana not long ago.

Jay Ratliff also found himself on the wrong side of the law after receiving a DWI shortly after Brent’s run in with the law no less.

The Cowboys are no stranger to troubled athletes with former players such as Adam “Pacman” Jones, Tank Johnson, and Quincy Carter once sporting the blue and silver.

I reluctantly mention Dez Bryant due to his off the field issues, but do also want to mention that he has impressed us all with his maturation over the past year.

We shouldn’t expect any more out of these guys than we would any other human being, I suppose it just hurts to see individuals with so much potential waste it all because of such bad judgment.

And perhaps it hurts even more because the opportunity these guys squander is one in which most of us will never have the ability to partake. Maybe I just wish these guys could see what being a Cowboy would mean to a lot of us.

It’s such a shame to see these athletes put such opportunity at risk, but does help us to further realize that getting better can be an option.

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