On the field, 2012 has been one of the most compelling NFL seasons in recent memory, but the last 12 months off the field have been unspeakably awful.
Future Hall of Famer Junior Seau killed himself last March. Titans wide receiver O.J. Murdock committed suicide during training camp a few months later. Garrett Reid, the son of Eagles' coach Andy Reid, died of a drug overdose in August. In December, Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher killed his girlfriend and then himself in front of his head coach. Then, before year-end, Cowboys' practice-team defender Jerry Brown was killed in a car accident in which teammate and friend Josh Brent was driving while intoxicated.
After the Murdock tragedy, the NFL decided to put together a crisis plan for teams and loved ones to follow when the unthinkable happens. Troy Vincent, a 15-year NFL veteran who's now the league's director of player engagement, was tasked with leading the project.
Through this program, the NFL offers members of itsRead More »from NFL making efforts to reach out to players in trouble off the field