Aaron Hernandez's family and friends bid farewell to the former NFL star at a private funeral Monday, and a judge ordered that three suicide notes he left be turned over to his fiancee by the time he is buried. Dozens of mourners turned out for the invitation-only service in Hernandez's hometown of Bristol, including his mother and fiancee, several of his defense attorneys, and friends from his playing days with the University of Florida and the New England Patriots. Hernandez, who was serving a life sentence for a 2013 murder, hanged himself in his cell in a maximum-security prison in Massachusetts on April 19.
The New England Patriots have been adding running backs to their roster like there’s a buy-one, get-two sale going on. Which makes former Cincinnati Bengals running back Rex Burkhead’s decision to join all the more confusing. “It’s the tradition here,” Burkhead said Tuesday per Henry McKenna of Patriots Wire. “Coach [Bill] Belichick’s instilled the attitude. You can tell on film just watching the guys, they play hard and football is kind of their passion. And that’s what I wanted to be a part of. When I came on my visit, I got a glimpse of that just meeting with the coaches. And I could definitely see myself fitting in here.” Just from his wording, it seems that Burkhead liked the mentality New
The NFL draft begins Thursday and, for the first time in two years, the Redskins will be making picks without the input of former general manager Scot McCloughan. McCloughan, who was fired in March by team President Bruce Allen and is regarded as one of the top talent evaluators in the league, was a big proponent of drafting the best player available, regardless of need. The question, then, is how effective will Allen, Campbell and Co. be in identifying the best players available in this year’s draft, and how much will McCloughan’s absence hurt them? While it’s too early to fairly judge McCloughan’s last draft class in Washington, two of the Redskins’ three drafts preceding his arrival were on par with his 2015 haul by at least one measure.