Aaron Sears Update

I know many of you remember arguably University of Tennessee’s  best overall offensive lineman Aaron Sears.  And if you remember correctly he had made a very good name for himself punishing defensive lineman, and protecting Erik Ainge.  He was also known for being able to play every position on the offensive line, also for earnign a starting position every year he was at UT, as well as starting every NFL game he has ever played in.  He accumulated many awards while at UT, like Play Boy All-American, and 1st team All-SEC, he even was named to the NFL’s all rookie team after his first year in the NFL.  Then all of a sudden he was dismissed from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers roster without any explanation.  He began to show signs of mental illness and basically disappeared off the face of the earth.  This story hits really close to home for me, as Aaron is a former team-mate of mine, and also a very close personal friend.  If you flick through my Facebook pictures you will see many pictures of Aaron Sears, the late Jesse Mahelona (R.I.P), and I, so needless to say dealing with the death of one of my best friends and the mental deterioration of another one of my best friends has definitely gotten to me.  Aaron was diagnosed with a form of schizophrenia, and from a few conversations I’ve had with him after his illness began to take hold it is 100% real.  He disappears, he has anger and aggression issues, he see’s demons and people who are not even there, he speaks with himself and voices in his head, and this is all due to many concussions he sustained in the NFL.  His family has launched a lawsuit against the Bucs, the NFL, and Riddell the helmet company contracted to supply the NFL.  They wish to recover damages for the head injuries Aaron sustained.  I personally wish the family the best of luck and any money won is well deserved, and I’m sure it will be used to help Aaron recover, and properly take care of him and his family in their time of need.  May God bless them!

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