- Over the last few years, what we've learned about this deadly disease, CTE, is that repeated head trauma-- not from a single concussion, but because the head collides on numerous plays throughout the course of a game-- that a player or an athlete that's a combat sport or football or whatever the case may be, Skip, greatly increases his chance of suffering from this disease.
And I don't want to use Aaron Hernandez as the baseline for 27-year-old football players and this disease, because you have mitigating factors with him. We know for a fact that he had a history of drug abuse. He lost his father at a very young age. So we don't know how much that played a role into this.
He played 40-- what is it, 44 NFL games. He played 40 college games. He played 28 high school games. Yet the only people that are being sued by his estate is the NFL and the New England Patriots. Not the University of Florida, not the NCAA, not his high school, not the district. The NFL and the New England Patriots. Skip, now we know for a fact that he had issues in college. He had so many issues and red flags, some teams took him completely off their board.
SKIP BAYLESS: Yep.
- This is why New England was able to get a first-round talent in the third round. So we know those things. See, what we're trying to do here is that we are trying to rationalize irrational behavior. He played his last game at what? 23 years of age in the NFL? Took his life at 27? 40 games. That's what he played, 44 games including the playoffs, Skip. That's what he played.
For me, and I don't know if they're trying to pass the cup of sympathy and empathy around, but when it comes to him, I have none. I have empathy and I have sympathy for the lives that he ruined. One, Odin Lloyd, who's mom will never ever get to hug her son again. He will never, ever be able to give his mom grandchildren. I empathize and I have sympathy for them. The lives that Aaron Hernandez ruined, his family, his daughter.
She's going to read what her father did and what type of person that he was. That's who I empathize for. The CTE, I don't-- look, should I automatically jump to the conclusion that every 27-year-old that's playing football has the brain of his? Like I said, Skip, I don't know if he's the baseline that we want to use, given the circumstances that we know about, his off-the-field behavior.