Report: Tebow wanted Hernandez out of trouble

Report: Tebow wanted Hernandez out of trouble
July 1, 2013, 1:45 pm
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Yes, Aaron Hernandez has been charged with the murder of 27-year-old semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd . . . but what's the Tim Tebow angle?

There's always a Tebow angle, it seems, and this story is no exception. According to, Tebow tried to keep Hernandez out of trouble when the two were college teammates at the University of Florida.

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When Hernandez was in high school, Tebow hosted Hernandez on a visit to the Gainesville, Fla. campus and encouraged the young tight end to become a Gator rather than attend the University of Connecticut, where Hernandez's older brother, DJ, played quarterback.

Once Hernandez made his decision, however, he and Tebow never became close friends.

“Tim obviously became the team’s leader, but he came from a different world than Aaron," a source told Radar. “They didn’t hang out off the field. Sure, Tim tried to encourage him to live a good life, a religious life, just like he does with so many people. But after playing a huge role in convincing Aaron to come to Florida, Tebow lost any influence he had over Aaron, who quickly got into trouble.”

While at Florida, Hernandez was questioned about a 2007 shooting in Gainesville but was not arrested.

Tebow and Hernandez were re-united as teammates in New England when the Patriots signed Tebow last month, but they remained that way for only about two weeks before the Patriots released Hernandez following his arrest.