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Brandon Spikes: I tried to help Aaron Hernandez change his life 08.20.16 at 11:23 am ET
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Brandon Spikes was a teammate of Aaron Hernandez in college and the NFL.  (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Brandon Spikes was a teammate of Aaron Hernandez in college and the NFL. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Brandon Spikes and Aaron Hernandez were teammates at the University of Florida and with the Patriots. And despite the fact that Hernandez is now behind bars after being found guilty for the killing of Odin Lloyd, Spikes still considers him a friend.

In a recent interview with NewYorkUpState.com’s Matthew Fairburn, Spikes — now with the Bills — discussed his relationship with Hernandez, and how he tried to help put him on the right path.

“I’m not going to turn my back on Aaron Hernandez,” Spikes said. “I see his situation. You know, we use to talk about this all the time. Like, ‘Hey, change your life, you’ve got the wrong people around you.’ I know that because of my older brother. I watched him keep these people around. Look where it got him. It’s like, ‘Don’t be that guy.’”

Spikes compared Hernandez to his own brother, Breyon Middlebrooks, who was sentenced to life in prison in 2003 after being found guilty of murder.

“I can’t really feel sorry for you, because you knew!” Spikes said. “How else can it end? You can change them? Nah, I mean, they don’t have anything to lose. You have everything to lose. I just think about that. We still talk and he’s in a good place mentally. That was necessary for him. Whatever it may be, even though it’s a bad situation. Some people might look at that as a bad situation. But you never know. He’s alive, but it was necessary.”

He added: “It’s like my brother. He’s behind bars, that was part of his cause. You can’t change that. They know. They know how to live right and do the right thing.”

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Brandon Spikes reflects on time with Patriots last summer, including car crash: ‘I let a lot of people down’ 08.08.16 at 6:00 pm ET
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Brandon Spikes reflected on his 2015 summer with the Patriots. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Brandon Spikes reflected on his 2015 summer with the Patriots. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Brandon Spikes’ second time in New England didn’t go according to plan as he was released a few days after being involved in a car accident when he rear-ended his Mercedes Maybach into a Nissan Murano last June.

Spikes fled the scene and initially claimed he hit a deer, but later pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of an accident and was sentenced to a year of probation.

For the incident, the NFL suspended Spikes for the first four games of the 2015 regular season, which he served as a free agent since the Patriots released him right after it was learned he was involved in the crash.

The linebacker finally found a home over the weekend, as the Bills signed him with the number of injuries they have at the linebacker position.

Speaking to the Buffalo media for the first time on Monday, Spikes reflected back on last summer.

“A lot of things could have happened that day,” Spikes told reporters. “I could have died. I could have killed somebody. I’m here. I’m healthy. I could have ended my career. Who knows? I’m here for a reason, and I’m going to figure that out, and it’s just a chapter in my book.”

Spikes also has spent time in Buffalo as he signed there in 2014 after spending four up-and-down years with the Patriots. He said his time last summer was different than the first time around.

“I was there [in New England] a month,” Spikes said. “It was weird, going in there. The vibe was different. They welcomed me back with open arms, but something was just different. It didn’t [feel] right, but look what happened — a month later, I was out of there, gone. I appreciate the opportunity there. I let a lot of people down.”

Spikes is glad to have finally landed on his feet.

“I could have folded,” Spikes said. “A lot of people do. They turn to alcohol, they turn to this. They go into a hole and never come out. But I think about Urban Meyer. I go back to that program. He always preached mental toughness, mental toughness. And I was prepared for that moment.”

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Ex-Pats linebacker Brandon Spikes signs with Bills 08.07.16 at 12:41 pm ET
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Brandon Spikes is back in the AFC East.

The former Patriots linebacker, who had two stints in New England, signed with the Bills on Sunday, according to his agent David Canter.

The 6-foot-3, 250-pounder out of Florida was taken in the second-round of the 2010 draft by the Patriots. His best season in the league was 2012, when he had 56 tackles and one sack in 15 games with New England. He spent 2014 with the Bills, and had 32 tackles for Buffalo.

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Report: Brandon Spikes suspended for first 4 games of season 09.08.15 at 4:50 pm ET
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Brandon Spikes has been suspended for the first four weeks of the 2015 season, according to Field Yates of ESPN.

The linebacker, most recently with the Patriots, has been a free agent since New England let him go this summer following his involvement in an auto accident in Southeastern Massachusetts. The 28-year-old Florida product has spent five years in the NFL — four with the Patriots and one with the Bills. He’s played in 67 games in his career and has 206 career tackles.

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Ex-Patriot Brandon Spikes pleads guilty in car crash, sentenced to 1-year probation 07.01.15 at 1:07 pm ET
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On Wednesday, former Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes pleaded guilty to three counts of leaving the scene of a crash resulting in personal injury for the car incident he was involved in last month.

Spikes was speeding and driving negligently when he crashed his 2011 Mercedes Maybach into the back of a Nissan Murano on I-495 in Foxboro early in the morning on June 7.

He was sentenced to one-year probation plus a $1,000 fine and a surcharge, while he also lost his license for a year. Several other charges were continued without a finding, including charges of negligent operation of a motor vehicle and operation of an uninsured motor vehicle.

The incident sent three occupants of the other vehicle to the hospital with minor injuries. Spikes’ Maybach had called an emergency assistance service claiming to have struck a deer, but responding officers found no evidence of a deer.

The Patriots released Spikes the Monday morning after the incident.

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Report: Brandon Spikes’ AFC championship ring sold after being stolen 06.16.15 at 8:53 pm ET
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FOXBORO — As it turns out, Brandon Spikes wasn’t selling his 2011 AFC championship ring on eBay to get quick cash for legal bills.

According to Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald, the agent for the former Patriots linebacker says the piece of rare jewelry was stolen and then sold online.

The ring was sold Tuesday for $19,499.

Spikes’ ring ended up on eBay over the weekend. Since Spikes was cited for hit-and-run in wrecking his $400,000 Maybach on June 7, it was widely assumed that Spikes was selling the jewelry to pay legal bills. According to Gary Uberstine, his agent, that’s not the case.

Uberstine said eBay has been notified, and Spikes will file a police report.

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Brandon Spikes’ 2011 AFC championship ring pops up on eBay 06.15.15 at 9:56 pm ET
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In the latest weird twist involving Brandon Spikes, it appears his 2011 AFC championship ring has popped up on eBay.

It’s not known if the linebacker listed it himself, or he sold it to someone and they have made it available. However, the site has a letter of authentication, and according to the listing, the ring is appraised at $18,000 and the bidding stands at $19,499.

The Patriots linebacker saw his second stint with the team come to an end earlier this month after he was released following his apparent connection to a hit-and-run in southeast Massachusetts.

This isn’t the first time some Patriots-related hardware has become available to the public. In 2006, a ring commemorating New England’s win in Super Bowl XXXVI belonging to former Patriots defensive back Brock Williams showed up on “Pawn Stars.” Linebacker Leonard Myers, also a member of that 2001 New England team, sold his ring on eBay for $32,600 in 2005. A staff ring (presented to a member of the front office) from the 2001 title sold at auction for $37,511 in 2008. That same year, defensive back and special-teams player Je’Rod Cherry raffled his 2001 ring for charity in 2008.

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