Aaron Hernandez

Aaron Hernandez
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Hernandez with the Patriots in 2011
No. 85, 81
Position: Tight end
Personal information
Date of birth: (1989-11-06)November 6, 1989
Place of birth: Bristol, Connecticut
Date of death: April 19, 2017(2017-04-19) (aged 27)
Place of death: 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) [4] was an American football tight end and convicted murderer. Hernandez played college football at the University of Florida, where he was a member of a BCS National Championship team and was recognized as an All-American. [5] He was drafted by NFL's New England Patriots as the 15th pick in the fourth round of the 2010 NFL Draft. Hernandez was released by the Patriots in June 2013 immediately after his arrest for the murder of Odin Lloyd. [6]

On August 22, 2013, Hernandez was indicted by a grand jury for the June 2013 murder of Lloyd, who was a semi-professional football player. [7] He was found guilty of first-degree murder in the Lloyd case, and sentenced to serve life in prison without the possibility of parole at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center. [8] He was also indicted for the 2012 double homicide of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado, [6] but was found not guilty. [9] On April 19, 2017, Hernandez committed suicide by hanging. [10] [11] [12]

Early life and education

Aaron Josef Hernandez was born in Bristol, Connecticut, [13] the son of Dennis Hernandez, who was of Puerto Rican descent, and Terri Valentine-Hernandez, who is of Italian descent. Dennis died from complications from hernia surgery in January 2006, when Hernandez was 16. [14] According to Hernandez's mother, his father's death greatly affected him, leading him to rebel against authority figures. [15] [16]

Hernandez attended Bristol Central High School and played for the Rams as a wide receiver until becoming a tight end, and also played defensive end. [17] 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. [17] The 1,807 receiving yards and 24 touchdowns were state records, and his 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, and 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. [18]

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