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Hernandez: Tebow brought ‘a lot of energy’ to things while they were at Florida

12.14.11 at 1:02 pm ET

FOXBORO — Aaron Hernandez and Tim Tebow were teammates at Florida from 2007 through 2009. Hernandez, who caught 111 passes for 1,382 yards and 12 touchdowns in three years as Tebow’€™s teammate, isn’€™t surprised his former college quarterback is having the level of success he is this season with Denver.

‘€œHe keeps plays alive and he’€™s winning,’€ Hernandez said. ‘€œHe’€™s a good player and can do a lot of things.’€

Hernandez recalled Tebow as someone who brought a spark to things while they were together at Florida.

‘€œHe brought a lot of energy to the game,’€ said Hernandez of their college days. ‘€œWhen you have a player with energy, I think everyone [feeds off that]. He’€™s a popular player. A lot of people like him. … He’€™s a very unique person.

‘€œHe definitely was a leader. I’€™m sure he still is,’€ Hernandez of Tebow, who won the Heisman when the two were together at Florida, and now has won seven of eight games this season as the Broncos‘€™ starting quarterback.

Hernandez says the still keep in touch.

‘€œWe’€™ve talked a few times,’€ he said. ‘€œ’€˜How you doing? I’€™m doing good, how about you? Have a nice day.’€™’€

Hernandez also addressed the comparisons to Tom Brady.

‘€œ[They’€™re] two different people, so you really can’€™t compare them,’€ he said. ‘€œBut they’€™re two great leaders.’€

As for his own team, Hernandez, who suffered a knee injury earlier in the season, said he’€™s ‘€œgetting better every week,’€ said he’€™s not amazed at the season his fellow tight end Rob Gronkowski is having.

‘€œI’€™m actually not amazed. He did it all camp. He did it all year,’€ Hernandez said of Gronkowski, who has 71 catches for 1,088 yards and 15 touchdowns this season. ‘€œWe knew he was a freak of nature, and he’€™s kind of impossible to guard because he’€™s got so much size and everything. I’€™m not shocked at all. I don’€™t think anyone on this team is.’€

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