Florida removes Aaron Hernandez brick

Florida removes Aaron Hernandez brick
July 25, 2013, 10:15 am
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The New England Patriots have recently put forth their best effort to rid their organization of any trace of the Aaron Hernandez name, but they aren't the only one of the tight end's former teams to do so.

Right from the day Hernandez was charged with the murder of Odin Lloyd, the University of Florida has attempted to distance itself from the troubled 23-year-old, removing photographs of him from the locker room, team area, football offices and facility, and throughout the stadium.

The Gators are stepping up the effort even further, though.

On Thursday, the school took care of the most glaring sign of Hernandez's once significant presence in Gainesville, removing a brick outside Ben Hill Griffin Stadium that celebrated the tight end's First-Team All-American selection in 2009. The brick, once bearing Hernandez's name and accomplishment, now sits there as a blank slate, as if nothing was ever there in the first place.

Of course it is impossible to wash away the fact that Hernandez played--and thrived--at Florida for three seasons, constituting a large role on the 2008 BCS National Championship squad and taking home the John Mackey Award (given to the nation's best tight end) the very next year. But, the University is doing as much as it can to distance itself from one of its former top pass-catchers.

The calamitous fall of Aaron Hernandez continues.