University of Florida removes all references to Aaron Hernandez
|07.25.13 at 12:14 pm ET|
The University of Florida announced that it is removing all references to Aaron Hernandez at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, including a brick that is part of a display that memorializes the school’s All-Americans.
The school, which started taking down images of Hernandez inside its football facility in late June, shortly after the former Patriots tight end was charged with murder in the death of Odin Lloyd, released a statement Thursday morning indicating its plans.
“We didn’t feel it was appropriate to celebrate Aaron Hernandez,” the statement reads. “We put together an immediate plan after the initial news broke to remove his likeness and name in various private and public areas in the facility. … We were able to implement some of the changes immediately and this [brick removal] was a more complex process to complete with our vendors. The plan was to have everything completed before the end of July.”
Hernandez played at Florida from 2007-09. In his junior season of 2009 he named an All-American and won the Mackey Award as the nation’s top tight end.