As noted several days ago, the New England Patriots released tight end Aaron Hernandez after he was arrested on murder charges. The team also gave fans a chance to erase him from their lives as well, as they offered fans a chance to trade in their Hernandez jerseys.
Clearly, the Hernandez saga is a black eye to the team and to the league, in addition to being just a sad thing in general. I can understand why the team is allowing this, and it is a grand gesture.
The act, though, got me thinking. Thankfully, we have not had to deal with such a serious player issue as Cardinals fans. We have, though, even recently, gone through the Daryl Washington arrest. However, as fans, I am sure at some point we have felt ashamed or angry at a jersey purchase, either because of what the player was as a person or because of his play on the field.
Which leads me to ask this discussion question -- if the team granted you one jersey exchange, for whatever reason, who would it be and why?
I have only purchased two Cardinals jerseys -- one was Matt Leinart, but it was after he was cut and we got it for five bucks. It was simply to have a Cards jersey and it was cheap. No regrets there. The other is a Beanie Wells jersey. I LOVED Beanie coming out of college, and I wanted to be different than just getting a Larry Fitzgerald jersey (that's what everyone does).
I would trade in the Beanie jersey for a Fitz jersey. Beanie never lived up to anyone's expectations and had his Cardinals stint end in a fizzle -- a non-contact fumble and some questionable comments.
Do you have any buyers' remorse for some jersey? Tell us about it. What would you trade it in for?
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