Aaron Hernandez

Aaron Hernandez
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Hernandez with the Patriots in 2011
No. 85, 81
Position: Tight end
Personal information
Born: (1989-11-06)November 6, 1989
Bristol, Connecticut
Died: April 19, 2017(2017-04-19) (aged 27)
Leominster, Massachusetts
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight: 245 lb (111 kg)
Career information
High school: Bristol (CT) Central
College: Florida
NFL Draft: 2010 / Round: 4 / Pick: 113
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Receptions: 175
Receiving yards: 1,956
Receiving average: 11.2
Touchdowns: 18
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Aaron Josef Hernandez [A] (November 6, 1989 – April 19, 2017) was an American football tight end in the National Football League (NFL). A productive player during his three seasons with the New England Patriots, his career came to an abrupt end after his arrest and initial conviction for the murder of Odin Lloyd.

Recognized as an All-American at the University of Florida, [4] Hernandez was drafted by the Patriots in the fourth round of the 2010 NFL Draft. Alongside teammate Rob Gronkowski, he formed one of the league's most dominant tight-end duos, becoming the first pair of tight ends to score at least five touchdowns each in consecutive seasons for the same team. He made one Super Bowl appearance in XLVI.

During the 2013 off-season, Hernandez was arrested and charged for the murder of Odin Lloyd, a semi-professional player who was dating the sister of Hernandez's fiancée. [5] Following his arrest, he was immediately released by the Patriots. Hernandez was found guilty of first-degree murder in 2015 and sentenced to serve life in prison without the possibility of parole at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center. [6] While on trial for Lloyd's murder, he was also indicted for the 2012 double homicide of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado, but was acquitted after a 2017 trial.

Days after being acquitted of double homicide, Hernandez was found dead in his cell, his death ruled a suicide. His conviction for Lloyd's murder was subsequently vacated because he died during the appeal of the conviction. [7]

Early life and education

Aaron Josef Hernandez was born in Bristol, Connecticut, [8] the son of Dennis Hernandez, of Puerto Rican descent; and Terri Valentine-Hernandez, of Italian descent. He had a brother Dennis, Jr., known as D.J. Their father Dennis died in January 2006 from complications from hernia surgery, when Aaron Hernandez was 16. [9] According to Hernandez's mother, his father's death greatly affected their son; he acted out his grief by rebelling against authority figures. [10] [11]

Hernandez attended Bristol Central High School. He played Rams football team as a wide receiver until becoming a tight end, and also played defensive end. [12] As a senior, he was Connecticut's Gatorade Football Player of the Year after making 67 receptions for 1,807 yards and 24 touchdowns on offense and 72 tackles, 12 sacks, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, and four blocked kicks on defense. [12] The 1,807 receiving yards and 24 touchdowns were state records. Hernandez's 31 career touchdowns tied the state record. He also set the state record for receiving yards in a single game with 376, the seventh-best in national high school history; he set a national high school record for yards receiving per game with 180.7. Hernandez was considered the top tight-end recruit in 2007 by Scout.com. [13]

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