Shortly after his name was linked to the murder of Odin Lloyd, the New England Patriots wasted no time distancing themselves from Aaron Hernandez as they quickly released their former tight end shortly after his release. Now, it appears the Florida Gators are taking a similar path as the Patriots to distance themselves from Hernandez by removing a brick that was previously made in honor of their former tight end.
The Gators had previously made a brick in Hernandez’s honor for his 2009 season in which he caught 68 passes for 850 yards to go along with five touchdowns, but it looks like the brick will no longer be there as the university has gone through the process of removing the once memorable brick. Hernandez was a first-team All-American that season and as great of a year he had in 2009, there’s no question Florida is making the right decision here.
It’s a shame to see this situation play out the way it has over the last month considering Hernandez was quickly emerging as one of the league’s most dangerous pass-catching tight ends and what’s even more difficult to process is how much he let down the teams he played for–both at Florida and New England. Once again, give the Gators and the Patriots all of the credit in the world for doing everything in their power to distance themselves from anything related to Hernandez–especially the removal of this brick at Florida to honor his 2009 season.