Years ago, Tom Brady told Tim Tebow he was concerned about Aaron Hernandez
|04.20.17 at 2:46 pm ET|
While it’s apparent the Patriots were largely ignorant of Aaron Hernandez’s turbulent off-field life, Tom Brady expressed concern about the deceased NFL star years ago.
In an NFL SoundFX video from 2011, which the New York Post recently unearthed, Brady is seen talking with Tim Tebow at the conclusion of a Broncos-Patriots matchup that year. At one point, Brady brings up Hernandez and linebacker Brandon Spikes, both of whom played with Tebow at the University of Florida.
“I’m trying to watch over Aaron and Brandon,” Brady said to the Heisman Trophy winner.
“I appreciate that, too, man,” Tebow replied. “They’re good guys.”
Before they separated, Brady said the two troubled players were “a lot to handle.”
While he was playing in college, Hernandez was questioned in connection to a shooting in Gainesville, Fla. He also allegedly punched a bouncer, despite Tebow’s reported efforts to stop him.
After falling to the fourth-round in the 2010 NFL Draft, Hernandez enjoyed three successful seasons in New England, landing a $40 million contract extension. But then it all went south.
In June 2013, Hernandez was taken into custody for the Odin Lloyd shooting. He was convicted of first-degree murder in the case and sentenced to life in prison. On Wednesday, five days after Hernandez was acquitted of a separate double murder charge, he was found dead in his prison cell due to an apparent suicide. In a statement, the Massachusetts Department of Correction said Hernandez hanged himself with a bed sheet attached to his window.
An investigation into Hernandez’s death is ongoing.
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