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Aaron Hernandez: Another Tragic Loss Of Life

Updated on April 20, 2017

Introduction

Aaron Hernandez was widely known as a professional football player. At the time that he was accused of murdering his girlfriend's sister's boyfriend he was a star tight end for the World Champion New England Patriots. He was a rising star that showed promise to be one of the greatest to ever play his position. So why would someone displaying so much talent and promise throw it all away?

Aaron Hernandez In His Playing Days With The Patriots

Who Was Aaron Hernandez?

Aaron Hernandez grew up in Bristol, Connecticut. He was the youngest son born to Dennis and Terri Hernandez. As a boy he played sports like many do and found football to be his niche. In high school at Bristol (CT) Central he was an outstanding football player. In his senior year he was named The Gatorade Player of The Year in Connecticut which helped to earn him a scholarship offer to play at the University of Florida. When he was 16 Hernandez father died from complications associated with hernia surgery and according to his mother his father's death negatively affected Aaron causing him to rebel against authority. Nonetheless off he went to Florida to play for the Gators.

Hernandez While Playing At The University Of Florida

Trouble On The Horizon

In college at the University of Florida Hernandez excelled. He developed into a elite football player garnering national attention. His exploits on the football field earned him recognition from several sources. In 2009 alone he earned All-SEC honors along with First team All-American honors and the John Mackey Award for being the best collegiate tight end in the country. In addition he was a member of the national championship team in 2009 which also featured Tim Tebow and Percy Harvin who both played in the NFL also.

But with all that fame and notoriety came other attention that was not so positive.

On at least two occasions while in college Hernandez was involved in incidents that had onlookers questioning his character. In 2007 he was associated with a bar fight in Gainesville, Florida as well as a double shooting there. And although he was able to escape any real loss or penalty from those incidents his reputation and image was forever changed going forward.

Some years later just weeks prior to the murder of Odin Lloyd Hernandez was involved in yet another shooting incident in 2013 down in Miami, Florida where at least one man claimed to have been shot in the face by Hernandez. It seemed like since his original run-in with the law in 2007 Hernandez and trouble had become bosom buddies.

Hernandez As A Player For New England

Fall From Fame

Aaron Hernandez was a talented football player on a championship NFL team. he had recently signed a lucrative contract and his fame, wealth and importance to the team were all rising. For him the future looked bright and then the roof caved in.

In June of 2013 Hernandez was arrested for suspicion of murder in the death of Odin Lloyd a semi-professional football player who happened to be Hernandez's girlfriend's sister's boyfriend. He was accused of taking Lloyd out to a remote area near his home and shooting him to death. At first the evidence was somewhat scanty but as time passed and more evidence was collected Hernandez's guilt began to become more clear. Home surveillance video taken from his home showed Hernandez returning home the night of the murder holding what appeared to be a pistol in his hand. The evidence was damning.

Hernandez went on to trial where he was convicted of first degree murder for planning the killing of Lloyd and he was given a life sentence which he was serving at the time of his death.

Unfulfilled Promise

A Tragic Ending

After his conviction for the murder of Odin Lloyd Aaron Hernandez was sent to Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center located in Leominster, Massachusetts to serve out his sentence. Upon entering the facility he was immediately involved in at least two scuffles that prompted prison officials to put him in isolation away from the general population. From the beginning Hernandez appeared to have trouble adjusting to the confinement of prison life. Periodically he was involved in other incidents which seemed to indicate he was not handling prison life very well. While in prison Hernandez was linked to another double murder which happened in Boston a year prior to the murder he was convicted of in 20013. He was charged and tried in that murder but was acquitted recently which made some people suspicious as to why he would commit suicide on the heels of that decision.

Whether Hernandez committed suicide or not one thing is for certain; in the end Aaron Hernandez died as he often lived..............violently.

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      Tony Daniels 3 months ago from Toledo, Ohio

      I agree its a sad outcome for a promising career. His mother said that he began to rebel against authority after his father died when he was 16. Although that is not an excuse it does shed light on why he may have gone down the path that he chose. Fathers are very important in a boy's life. Some more than others and that appears to be the case here. Tragic story for all involved.

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      Ronald Tucker 3 months ago from Louisville, Kentucky

      Wannabe gangster, NFL star, some people can't stand success or prosperity. Sad outcome for a promising career.