The National Football League (NFL) will continue to feel the vacuum created by the sad exit of tight end Aaron Hernandez who met his demise on April 19th, 2017. He was notable for his impeccable prowess on the pitch. Sad news of the demise of the American footballer broke that year after he committed suicide in his jail cell where he was sentenced for the murder of his friend, Odin Lloyd.
He was drafted in 2010 by the New England Patriots transformed the team alongside his fellow tight end teammate, Rob Gronkowski. Before his incarceration, he also made an appearance at Super Bowl in XLVI. Let’s know more about him through this article.
What is Aaron Hernandez famous for?
- An American Football tight end in NFL for the New England Patriots.
- His impeccable prowess on the pitch.
Where is Aaron Hernandez born?
Recalling his early life, Aaron was born in Bristol, Connecticut, US. His father’s name is Dennis Hernandez who is of Puerto Rican descent and his mother’s name is Terri Valentine-Hernandez, of Italian descent. So, he was of Puerto Rican and Italian ethnicity. He was an American citizen. He had one sibling brother, Dennis Jr known as DJ. Their father died due to hernia complications when Aaron was 16.
Where is Aaron Hernandez go for education?
Concerning his education details, Aaron was educated through Bristol High School and graduated from the University of Florida. From his early school life, he started his sporting career and went on established as a good player.
When did Aaron Hernandez begin his football career?
- Moving towards his career, Aaron was a Basketball player for Bristol Central High School coached by the University of Connecticut’s women’s coach Geno Auriemma.
- He was a star player after winning the 2006 Central Connecticut Conference Southern Division Championship where he received first-team All-State honors.
- After that his senior year was marred by his untimely death of his father due to a hernia complication.
- By then from 2007, he established himself as a sturdy blocker and star tight end at the University of Florida. Tight end record of 111 catches across three collegiate seasons mentioned him at All-American for 2008 team that won the National Championship He also was named as a Consensus All-American the following year.
- With 111 receptions for 1,382 yards and 12 touchdowns, he finished his college career and drafted himself to senior level and enter the 2010 NFL Draft. He was drafted by New England Patriots in the fourth round (113th overall).
- Then after he never looked back and went to combine with fellow tight end Rob Gronkowski and broke numerous record before a loss in Super Bowl XLVI to the New York Giants.
- During the 2011 season, he achieved career-best 129 yards on nine receptions with a touchdown against the Denver Broncos and later led the Patriots to Super Bowl XLVI, losing to the New York Giants. He played 12 of 14 games during the season, starting 10 of them, but like last season, he missed two games due to knee injury.
- He signed a five-year contract extension in the following season with the largest ever signing bonus given to an NFL tight end. While he missed several weeks for a high ankle sprain, he registered 8 receptions for 58 yards, including two touchdowns, during the Monday Night Football game against the Houston Texans on December 10.
What are the legal issues of Aaron Hernandez?
- Aaron was involved in a bar fight at a restaurant in Gainesville, Florida, on April 28th, 2007, after refusing to pay for a couple of drinks he took. He reportedly punched the employee who escorted him out, rupturing his eardrum, but the case was settled out of court with a deferred prosecution agreement.
- He again faced legal troubles after he was investigated for the double murder of immigrants Daniel Jorge Correia de Abreu and Safiro Teixeira Furtado in Boston’s South End on July 16th, 2012. He was indicted for the two murders based on the testimony of a drug dealer but was acquitted of most of the charges, including that of murders, on April 14th, 2017, days before his death.
- In June 2013, he was accused of shooting Alexander S. Bradley, a friend, during an altercation back in February, which allegedly cost him his right eye. The lawsuit was settled in February 2016, but he was indicted on witness intimidation charges for the Boston double murders. He was acquitted of these charges later during his 2017 trial.
- Following the murder of Odin Lloyd, one of his friends, on June 17th, 2013, in North Attleborough, Massachusetts, the police searched his house due to multiple suspicious activities, like destroying his home security system intentionally.
- Soon after, he was asked not to be near Gillette Stadium, as the Patriots’ team management had decided to cut ties with him fearing his arrest.
- On June 26th, 2013, he was arrested by the police and was released from the Patriots team soon after, before he was charged with first-degree murder and five more gun-related charges later that day.
- After being indicted by a grand jury on August 22nd, 2013, he pleaded not guilty to the first-degree murder of Lloyd on September 6th, 2013 and was held at the Bristol County Jail.
- On April 15th, 2015, he was found guilty of first-degree murder, as well as five firearms charges, which according to state laws, resulted in a life sentence without the possibility of parole.
- He was initially taken to the maximum-security facility, the Massachusetts Correctional Institution – Cedar Junction, but was later transferred to another maximum-security prison, the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center, to serve his sentence.
How does Aaron Hernandez die?
Aaron was found hanging by his bed-sheets from the window in his cell on April 19th, 2017, and was declared dead after being taken to UMass Memorial Hospital-Leominster. Three handwritten notes were recovered from a Bible opened to John 3:16, and drawings in blood were found on the walls of his cell.
After his death, his lawyers filed a motion at Massachusetts Superior Court to vacate his murder conviction, which was granted on May 9th, 2017. As he was in the process of appealing against his conviction, according to state laws, he technically died as an innocent man.
While the autopsy report declared his death as suicide, his family requested for the release of his brain for diagnosis at Boston University, which revealed that he had brain injuries consistent with chronic traumatic encephalopathy.
Considering CTE is prevalent in footballers who suffer concussions repeatedly, his fiancée and daughter sued the Patriots and the NFL for causing his death and depriving his daughter of her father’s companionship.
Is Aaron Hernandez married or not?
Reflecting on his personal life, Aaron was dating Shyanna Jenkins in 2007. After five years in a relationship, they engaged in November 2012 after the birth of their daughter, Avielle Janelle Jenkins-Hernandez in the same month. They were neighbors and had known other since their elementary school. She supported Hernandez during his charges of a murder case.
Is Aaron Hernandez gay?
Talks about Aaron’s sexuality made the news after the death of the NFL player. Months after his death, reports from some sources said that Aaron struggled with his sexual orientation which could have been part of the cause of his suicidal end.
Reports emerged that an ex-girlfriend of the former NFL player, Alyssa Anderson, as well as an attorney revealed that he had gay relations when he was alive although he always denied it.
How much is Aaron Hernandez’s worth?
Being a football player, Aaron earns a decent amount of money and fame through his profession in the field of the sports industry. Based on some online reports, his estimated net worth said to be $50 thousand a the time of his death. However, his salary is yet to be disclosed.
How tall is Aaron Hernandez?
Before his death, Aaron stands a height of 6 feet 2 inches tall. He weighed around 111 Kg. Similarly, His eyes and hair both were blacks in color. Further, his other body information is yet to be disclosed. In the case of disclosed, we will let you know.