A Promising Future Thrown Away


Photo contributed by Chase Stevens/Las Vegas Review-Journal

Grayson Habermaas, Reporter

Henry Ruggs III was a 22 year old player for the Las Vegas Raiders, looking to be a star in the NFL one day, who threw away his life and career in one night. On Tuesday, November 2 at around 3:39 a.m. Henry Ruggs was driving at approximately 156 mph just seconds before he ran into Tina Tintor, a 23 year old driver, killing her and her dog on impact, sending her vehicle into flames.

Henry was charged with two felony charges of DUI resulting in death, reckless driving, and more charges being added. He is facing up to 40 years in prison with a bond set to $150,000. Henry was seen in a wheelchair with visible markings on his body due to the crash. Throughout this tragedy, he has received support from his teammates and former coaches. Soon after the incident he was released by the Raiders, losing all of his NFL dreams in such a short amount of time.

In 2013, the NFL released a program partnering with Uber and other car service providers to prevent DUI’s and other accidents such as this. NFL players would receive free rides from these services to help with the lasting problem of these DUI cases. In the league there are approximately 13-14 DUI arrests each year.

The recent news shows how quickly somebody’s life can change in an instant. One in ten high schoolers have admitted to drinking and driving. The fact that even kids below the age of 21 are still drinking and driving is a problem that translates into the future, such as Henry Ruggs.