Former Rutgers defensive back Johnathan Aiken killed in Florida car crash

A former Rutgers football defensive back who had the distinction of being the first player in program history to be named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week has died.
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Johnathan Aiken, who played at Rutgers from 2011 through 2014, was killed in a single-vehicle crash early Authentic D.J. Alexander Jersey Friday morning in Fort Lauderdale, according to a report on in Florida.

For his efforts, Aiken became the answer to a trivia question: Who was the first Rutgers player to earn a Big Ten individual honor?

I was actually sleeping and I woke up to a couple of my teammates texting me, Aiken said of the honor at the time. Once I actually looked at the rest of my messages, ‘You were the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week,’ it was surreal.

It was a fitting honor for a player who overcame so much personal tragedy long before he arrived at Rutgers. When he was 3 years old, Aiken lost his mother, Ethel Edge, when her boyfriend gunned her down during a domestic dispute.

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It’s somewhat rare these days to see an established veteran coming off a strong season to accept his current contract, especially when finding himself on the other side of 30. In today’s age of youngsters worrying about outperforming rookie deals, it’s much more customary to see this situation result in a holdout.

In terms of performance, Graham would have a strong case for a new deal, even at 30 years old. He posted a career-high 9.5 sacks in 2017 to go along with 47 tackles and two forced fumbles. But offseason ankle surgery has him more focused on going after another title with the loaded Eagles, opting to use the final year of his current contract as a prove-it deal.