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Nick Saban sends message about ex-raider WR Henry Ruggs

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Former Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Henry Ruggs continues to investigate the legal consequences of a November 2nd car accident that killed 23-year-old Tina Tintor and her dog. According to the Clark County Nevada District Attorney Steve Wolfson, Ruggs faces more than 50 years in prison after being charged with four crimes and one misdemeanor, including DUI resulting in death.

The wide receiver had no red flags regarding his character when the Raiders made him a first-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. Ruggs was from Alabama and was considered a hard working and competitive player, but nothing negative came out of his character. After news of the crash broke, Alabama soccer coach Nick Saban said Ruggs “never had a problem” and was a “first class citizen” through AL.com’s Mike Rodak.

“I hate it for him, but we are also very sensitive to his decision and the disastrous consequences it created for other people and what it will create for him and his future,” said Saban.

Saban recruited Ruggs, who had graduated from high school, and then coached him in college for three years. If anyone knew they had character problems, it would be Saban.

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During his time in Alabama, Ruggs made many friends who later played in the NFL. Perhaps his best friend Devonta Smith is the Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver. The two were roommates in Alabama and continue to be close. Smith was hit hard by the news.

“First, my heart breaks for everyone involved, the family of the young lady who lost her life,” said Smith. “It was tough in the beginning [of the week], but just coming in every day, being with the guys, they kind of gathered with me, helped me a lot. “

The two recently played against each other for the first time in Week 7 when the Eagles traveled to Las Vegas to take on the Raiders. That was the last game Ruggs played before the crash. Smith announced that he spoke to Ruggs and that the wide receiver is “in good spirits”.

“I’m just glad he’s himself, he’s teamed up and he’s not just fallen down on himself,” said Smith.

Alabama players continue to bond strongly with one another after they graduate. Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts played briefly with Ruggs and had the opportunity to discuss the situation.

“Of course I love DeVonta very much. I love him like a brother. I am also very fond of Henry Ruggs. I love him like a brother, ”Hurts said of ESPN. “My ‘Bama brother. It’s hard for all of us to experience what we experienced this week, how tragic it was. But we’re all warriors and we’ll all see it through. “

The Ruggs news hit many in the NFL and it has been difficult for some players to get past. In the Raiders’ first game without him, they lost 23-16 to the New York Giants.

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