The only things that separate NFL players from the rest of us are their athletic prowess and their gigantic size. Otherwise, pro football players are just like us. They pay bills, get married, have kids, and from time-to-time get in trouble with the law.
The NFL has had at least 47 players arrested per year for various crimes since 2005. Most cases involve alcohol, some are related to drugs, and every once in a while heinous murder accusations come about. To date, 50 NFL players have been arrested in 2013.
Nothing rocked the sports world more this year than Odin Lloyd’s murder that may implicate former Florida Gator and New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez as the triggerman. As the Patriots focus their attention on winning another Super Bowl, Hernandez awaits trial in solitary confinement.
Sometimes we feel like our favorite football players can do no wrong as long as they show up on game day. Had they chose a different profession, perhaps some of these infractions may have gone unnoticed. Here’s a look at 20 NFL players and the crimes committed this year