Source: CBS News
During the NFL offseason this year, 31 active players from 19 different teams were arrested for a variety of offenses, including murder and attempted murder, according to a database of player arrests compiled by U-T San Diego.
The first arrest came just over two weeks after the season officially ended with the Baltimore Ravens defeating the San Francisco 49ers on Feb. 3 in the 47th annual Super Bowl. Da’Quan Bowers, of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, was arrested after a .40-caliber handgun was found in his luggage at New York’s LaGuardia Airport. He later pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of disorderly conduct. This arrest seemingly kicked off what was a less than exemplary off-season for the Buccaneers and the NFL in general.
A total of 10 players were arrested for DUI/DWI related offenses in the off-season, making it the most common infraction by the players. However, the most notable arrest was undoubtedly that of the New England Patriot’s Aaron Hernandez.
Tony Dungy, a former coach of the Indianapolis Colts who has served as a mentor to players since leaving the NFL, stressed the importance of the drafting process in an interview with the Associated Press. He said the amount of homework teams do is critical because they don’t get all that much one-on-one time with prospective players.
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