The NFL is a major part of many people's lives. In fact, he action in and around the gridiron has such a huge effect on the wider world that it is easy to forget that, at the end of the day, it is just a game.
News that one of the league's former players had passed away over the weekend aged just 25 brought that fact home to many.
Now, 24 hours on from initial reports on the death of former Broncos and Steelers linebacker Adrian Robinson, medical examination results have revealed the tragic cause of death.
The Philadelphia Medical Examiner's office confirmed to PennLive.com that Robison had hung himself in the city on Saturday evening.
The death is being treated as a suicide, according to numerous sources.
This tragic revelation contrasts with the original story on his passing published by TMZ over the weekend.
The publication had reported that Robinson had been shot dead in his hometown of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
It appears this mis-information was disseminated after a miss-communication with police officials.
Adrian Robinson enjoyed his most successful spell in the NFL while playing for his home state Steelers. The linebacker appeared 12 times for the franchise in the 2012 season before spending time with the Philadelphia Eagles, Denver Broncos and Washington Redskins.
More recently, the Temple product had signed with the Canadian Football League's Hamilton Tiger-Cats. It was they who announced his death on Sunday.
The news has led to a host of tributes from those who had been involved with Robinson as he made his way in the professional game.
Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin tweeted out his own personal message yesterday.
Meanwhile, Robinson's representatives, Symmetry Agency, issued the following message:
"Adrian was a beloved father, son, brother, friend and teammate."
The agency have also set up a GoFundMe campaign to aid the former NFL player's daughter, Avery Marie. It has raised over $3,000 at the time of writing.