We have all watched football or even played football at least once whether it is just playing catch or something. Football is almost unavoidable if you live in the U.S. Unfortunately, although we hear about all the accomplishments, teams or players made, we never really hear about the mental injuries, players suffer until it’s too late. For example Aaron Hernandez, a former tight end for the New England Patriots was convicted of killing his friend, and 2 other people. He was sentenced life in prison but committed suicide early in his sentencing. However everyone wonder how could Hernandez throw everything away after signing a 40 million-dollar contract ,with the Patriots and was on the road of becoming a superstar? An article I found online “Aaron Hernandez Had C.T.E When he Died at 27” written by Ken Belson Sept 21th, 2017. Some were saying that could have been a major factor in how he could have snapped and did the things he did. Hernandez’s family lawyer said, “the most severe case they had ever seen in someone of Aaron’s age.”.
Football is a fun game to watch because of how competitive it can be, but there is too much neglect on the safety and well beings of the players. In the article that Belson wrote grasp the readers atention by using pathos and logos. He used data from the researchers that scan Hernandez’s brain after his death and he also mentioned things that made readers think.
In the article Belson mentions “C.T.E. is often marked by problems with controlling aggression and impulses, and some degree of dementia, as well as mood swings, lapses in judgment and a disorganized manner.” making the readers wonder in how that played an effect in the outcome of Hernandez’s life. Belson also mentions “Yet a posthumous examination of his brain showed he had such a severe form of the degenerative brain disease C.T.E. that the damage was akin to that of players well into their 60s.” Belson also makes the reader feel sad by saying sadly after his death researchers did tests on Aaron Hernandez brain and they found out that Hernandez was suffering from C.T.E at the age of 27 and the scary part was that his brain injury was so severe that they only say in people that were in their 60s.
Belson stated that there have been research where adults who played tackle football before the age of 12 tended to have behavioral issues later in life compared to those that started later. That statement easily could have made people feel a different way about Aaron Hernandez’s life now because of how serious that injury was and how he lived undiagnosed. Everything lead to Hernandez having a successful career from leading his college in football and signing with the Patriots but. Belson really makes you wonder what if all of the things that happened to Hernandez was a result from the C.T.E. It makes readers feel sympathy for Hernandez. For example the article mentions how C.T.E. affects the daily life anywhere from memory loss to aggression. Makes you wonder if Hernandez had been diagnosed earlier it could have avoided all the tragedies.