Another NFL player has learned that he is not indestructable.
Unfortunately, this one is being fitted for wings instead of a walking cast.
Patriots third-year defensive end Marquise Hill went out for a holiday joy ride on his jet-ski, without a life jacket or tracking device, and now he's the latest to waste his life and promising career thanks to a careless accident.
It must be quite the "Chinese curse" when a player realizes his dream of an NFL contract. On one hand you've got the ability to buy all the cool toys that money can buy, but on the other, you should hold off on enjoying them until after your playing days are over.
Hill will no doubt be lionized, since this foolish accident took his life, but if he was just out for the season, would the common fan and NFL community be so kind?
Just look at the backlash that Ben Roethlisberger and Kellen Winslow had to rightfully endure when their lack of common sense and proper precaution negatively impacted their availability and contributions to their teams the following season.
These guys just don't get it. NFL careers are already very brief, when measured against the normal life expectancy of the average American male, so it's not like they need to deprive themselves from motorcycles, jet skis and dog fighting for the rest of their lives. Just for about 5-7 years, on average.
And for heavan's sake. If you are going to engage in these activities, wear a helmet, wear a life vest, or don't attempt to be Evil Kneivel on the day you drive the Ninja off the showroom floor.
By just taking the recommended precautions, Hill would still be joining his teammates for the post-practice shower...instead...he just washed up on shore.