Aaron Josef Hernandez (November 6, 1989 – April 19, 2017) was an American footballtight endin theNational Football League (NFL). A productive player during his three seasons with theNew England Patriots, his career came to an abrupt end after his arrest for the murder of Odin Lloyd.
An All-Americanat the University of Florida,Hernandez was drafted by the Patriots in the fourth round of the 2010 NFL Draft. Alongside Rob Gronkowski, he formed one of the league's most dominant tight end duos, becoming the first pair of tight ends to each score at least five touchdowns in consecutive seasons for the same team. He made one Super Bowlappearance in XLVI.
During the 2013 offseason, Hernandez was arrested and charged for themurder of Odin Lloyd, a semi-professional player who was dating the sister of Hernandez's fiancee.He was immediately releasedby the Patriots following his arrest. Hernandez was found guilty of first-degree murder in 2015, and sentenced to serve life in prisonwithout the possibility of paroleat the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center. ]While on trial for Lloyd's murder, Hernandez was indicted for the 2012 double homicide of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado; he was acquittedof the double homicide after a 2017 trial. Five days after the acquittal, Hernandez was found dead in his cell by hanging, which was ruled a suicide. Because he died during the appeal of the murder conviction, the conviction was vacated.His brain was later found to have stage 3 chronic traumatic encephalopathy(CTE), an advanced form of the disease, especially for his age.
Executed on October 2007 by the State of Alabama