Originally posted on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 6/26/13
The NFL Rookie Symposium features guest speakers who try to help young players avoid the pitfalls that derailed their own pro careers. This year the most powerful message was delivered from almost 700 miles away. Aaron Hernandez attended the same symposium in 2010 after being drafted by the New England Patriots. Clearly, he didn't take what was preached to heart. Hernandez was arrested Wednesday morning and charged with murder, along with five other gun-related charges, in the recent death of a 27-year-old semi-pro football player in North Attleboro, Mass. The Patriots released Hernandez from his seven-year, $41.2 million contract shortly after the arrest. The Hernandez situation wasn't the focus of a specific seminar at the symposium (AFC rookies attended Sunday through Wednesday; NFC rookies are slated for Wednesday through Saturday). But some of the same themes that appear pertinent to Hernandez's situation were emphasized. Among them: The potential consequences of hanging w...
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