Harrison: 'Stunned' at Hernandez murder charge

Harrison: 'Stunned' at Hernandez murder charge
July 19, 2013, 1:15 pm
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Former Patriots safety and Super Bowl champion Rodney Harrison joined Glenn Ordway and Andy Gresh on Sports Tonight to discuss his thoughts on the Aaron Hernandez murder investigation.

Hernandez is charged with the murder of Odin Lloyd, and is being held without bail. The news of the murder sent shock waves across the NFL world, and that goes for Harrison as well.

"I was stunned, I think just like the rest of the country," Harrison said. "You understand that guys get in trouble and maybe DUI or domestic abuse, but never did I ever think that something like this would happen with Aaron.

"We did a piece with him, a segment, in the Super Bowl, and he was terrific with me. He was very humble, he was very passionate about football. He was a good kid when I talked to him and I spent that time with him. Nothing would have ever led me to believe that he was capable of doing something like this or even being part of something like this. So I was stunned just like the rest of the country."

Hernandez fell in the draft due to character concerns, but the Patriots nabbed him in the fourth round. It's apparent now that once drafted, he lived a life off the football field that should have raised plenty of red flags, but largely went unnoticed. He certainly had the Pats fooled. Harrison, who works for NBC now, has plenty of connections to the NFL, but says that he hadn't heard any rumors or stories about Hernandez over the years.

"We have so many guys in the league, I think close to 2,000 or maybe a little bit over that. And you have so many rumors and so many different things going on with guys," Harrison said. "Me personally, I don't get in everyone's business. Guys get in trouble to certain degrees, but like I said I never thought that someone would be- you got to understand, from where I come from, and I come from a tough neighborhood, it's still hard for me to believe that any of my friends could be involved in actually taking someone's life.

"So this whole concept I can't even think about, I can't even imagine that this is happening especially to a young guy that had so much in front of him. A guy that was engaged, he has a beautiful kid, a $40 million contract … just the opportunities that he would have in this world and his ability to impact young people's lives. So did I ever think that he would screw up this opportunity and possibly have taken another man's life? No, I could never conceive of that."