Career Over For Henry Ruggs III
Second-year receiver, Henry Ruggs III, was involved in a fatal car accident early Tuesday morning in Las Vegas. The crash occurred between Ruggs Chevery Corvette and a Toyota Rav4. Ruggs crashed into the rear of the vehicle while he was showing signs of “impairment.” The victim died tragically from the accident after the car caught fire. Ruggs and his female passenger would be escorted to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Thoughts and prayers go out to the victim and their family at this time.
The Raiders issued this statement:
Just Why, Baby? Why?
Henry Ruggs’ career will be short-lived in the NFL after this incident. He will be going to jail for at least the next 20 years or maybe even life. Some would think Henry would have been the last person to do something like this. He lost his childhood friend, Rod Scott, in a car accident in 2016. In the picture above, you can see the number three necklace around Ruggs’ neck which was Rod’s number in high school. After touchdowns, Henry would pay tribute to him by throwing up three fingers in the air in remembrance. This is not the first time a Raider star has gotten in trouble for driving under the influence involving an accident in Las Vegas. Josh Jacobs, Raiders Pro Bowl running back, was involved in a single-car accident on January 4th. This was after the season finale-victory over the Broncos. This occurred at 4:42 am in the morning. Charges would not be filed against Jacobs as he was below the legal limit. There is something about Las Vegas, chaos will always be around, the Raiders need to implement a better system to watch over their players.
Ruggs got off to a spectacular start to the season with the Raiders after a slow rookie year. The Raiders are 5-2 coming off their bye week and he is a big reason why. Through seven games, he gathered 24 catches for 469 yards and two touchdowns. The speed demon, who ran a blazing 4.27-second 40-yard dash time was averaging nearly 20 yards a catch, at 19.5 yards. Where will the Raiders go from here without their fastest offensive weapon? That question remains to be unanswered after they did nothing at the trade deadline. Hopefully, the Raiders can come together as a team as they have already faced adversity with Jon Gruden this season. Players and people can learn from this incident about the dangers of drinking and driving. Not only putting yourself at risk but innocent bystanders as well. Ruggs will no longer be running away from defenders but prison inmates instead.