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SALISBURY, Md.- First, it was Ray Rice. Then, Adrian Peterson. Greg Hardy of the Carolina Panthers is taking voluntary paid leave for a domestic violence conviction, and now, Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer has been deactivated after an arrest for domestic violence charges.

That makes four cases of domestic violence involving NFL players in just the past two weeks.

“We need more role models in society,” said Sherman Wood, football coach for Salisbury University.

It is a mission he says the Salisbury University football program is taking more seriously than ever in light of the recent scandals plaguing the NFL.

“Very important to reinforce, no question,” Coach Wood noted. “We want to provide examples. No doubt about it. But, we've done this all along.”

He said it is a lesson that is drilled into his player's heads from day one.

“The first paragraph of our program when our kids meet first is we're here to make sure when you're done with this program, you're going to be a productive citizen,” explained Coach Wood. “We need to touch kids as soon as possible to create great habits, whether it's on the field or off the field.”

At SU, Coach Wood says there is zero tolerance for things like domestic violence and sexual harassment.

And NFL teams have recently taken the same stance against their respective players who face domestic violence charges.

“I agree they shouldn't be allowed to play until, for now, until the decision comes out in the court,” remarked Billy Long.

“If there's nothing in the contract about that, then they would have to wait for the courts to find them guilty on the violence stuff,” said David Schwenger.

“If they let them play, I think it's just saying that it's ok at this point for domestic violence,” noted Christine McAfee.

With all eyes on the NFL, Coach Wood says the perception of the game may be changing. But as for his program; “We're all about just grooming our kids to make sure they're going to be leaders.

That is a task he is ready to continue for seasons to come.


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