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Florida removes Aaron Hernandez’s All-American brick from stadium

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Former New England Patriots and Florida tight end Aaron Hernandez hasn’t been found innocent or guilty yet in the murder of Odin Lloyd, but that hasn’t stopped his former school from putting as much distance as possible between itself and him.

On Wednesday, and as part of an ongoing process to remove Hernandez’s likeness from the program’s facilities, UF removed the brick at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium celebrating his 2009 All-American season.

Here are pictures of the removal:

And a statement from the UAA:

It’s understandable why Florida would want to remove anything carrying Hernandez’s name, and it’s a decision that likely won’t be met with a lot of opposition. At the same time, it doesn’t change the fact that Hernandez and UF, and what the tight end accomplished on the field with the Gators, will always be connected.

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23 Responses to “Florida removes Aaron Hernandez’s All-American brick from stadium”
  1. bucrightoff says: Jul 25, 2013 5:39 PM

    Tim Tebow sure did cover up a lot of the uglyness going on at UF at the time.

  2. 23chameleons says: Jul 25, 2013 5:43 PM

    Innocent until proven …. I’m sorry, I couldn’t keep a straight face long enough to finish typing the line …

  3. jrs45 says: Jul 25, 2013 5:49 PM

    Lol!

  4. alligatorsnapper says: Jul 25, 2013 5:51 PM

    The University of Florida did what they should have done. I am glad they did.

  5. virusgvr says: Jul 25, 2013 6:04 PM

    I like how Pouncy’s brick is just being sh*t on!!

  6. lawest111 says: Jul 25, 2013 8:22 PM

    All signs clearly point to Hernandez having done some really terrible and unforgiveable things. I’m no fan of his, but I must say that there is no innocent until proven guilty anymore.

  7. sillec28 says: Jul 25, 2013 8:37 PM

    “Innocent until proven guilty” is a phrase coined by a British lawyer in the 19th century to make the point that a defendant doesn’t have to prove he’s innocent, it’s the prosecutions burden to prove him guilty. To the extent that it’s relevant at all, it’s relevant only in a courtroom. Outside a courtroom anyone is free to make decisions, form opinions, and do whatever they want without regard to “innocent until proven guilty.”

  8. overratedgators says: Jul 25, 2013 9:04 PM

    I assume the brick will go in the same storage unit as the Paterno statue?

  9. footballfan says: Jul 25, 2013 9:11 PM

    Funny how they didn’t seem to mind him too much when he played there. Hypocrites.

  10. thegamecocker says: Jul 25, 2013 9:44 PM

    The Pouncey brothers were dirty players in college. And they are now showing how ignorant they are trying to support the miscreant, murderer, Aaron Hernandez. You judge people by the company they keep and the Fat boy Pouncey boys should be watched closely…..they just love trouble.

  11. donth8thehorns says: Jul 26, 2013 2:49 AM

    Wow! All I can say is wow! I love how the NFL & UF both removed him like he didn’t exist! No matter what he did, those achievements will always be a part of that team! I think all of this is premature & I have lost a ton of respect for both organizations thinking this will make it all go away ! I would respect then more if they said, “yeah, he was a student here. He later turned into a very sinister person & that certainly is unfortunate!”

  12. hjworton46 says: Jul 26, 2013 3:30 AM

    Am I right in thinking Hernandez has not been found guilty of anything yet ? Will they replace the brick if he’s cleared ?

  13. thegamecocker says: Jul 26, 2013 7:57 AM

    @hjworton46

    Ugggghhh, perhaps you have not seen the video of Mr. Hernandez holding the gun BEFORE the killing or the one of him holding the gun AFTER the killing. Umm, that’s fairly convincing evidence to me. But to your point, OJ Simpson was able to beat the murder rap…….

  14. friarjack61 says: Jul 26, 2013 8:35 AM

    GOOD !! Go Gators !

  15. dkhhuey says: Jul 26, 2013 2:00 PM

    There are two fairly interesting dilemmas here…

    One is the ‘innocent until proven guilty’ theme – he pretty much has been tried and sentenced in every single corner of his life. I would have thought at the university, they would have taken that stance since they are an institute for higher learning and it is a very good teaching moment about our way of life. If he is found not guilty (see OJ trial for possibility of a crazy verdict) – are they going to put it all back in place?

    Two – if he is found guilty, that still does not erase the fact that he was an All American that played football in college! I’m torn as to whether one should impact the other like that! I get the fact that he did some ugly things but that was after he left the UF…

  16. thegamecocker says: Jul 26, 2013 2:16 PM

    @dkhhuey

    I definitely understand your POV. I still envision OJ cutting across the grain against Gary Beban and the UCLA Bruins in that classic game. I envision OJ in the movie Airplane with Leslie Nielsen…..and now we have OJ the murderer. Who can figure things that happen to us in life….But, I don’t see Hernandez’s brick being re-installed anytime soon. I don’t know what to make of OJ anymore….but here is the funny thing: if OJ asked me to have a beer and a burger with him, I would do it. I wouldn’t talk to him about his trial and subsequent convictions. I would talk to him about his college days and his acting career. IDK, does that make me a bad person? I can only tell you my Wife would not be happy with me….she has a much different POV about OJ….he would not be invited for dinner……

  17. 8to80texansblog says: Jul 26, 2013 2:18 PM

    ^^^

    Exactly…

    You can’t take an eraser to the history books…. He was an all American.

    Just like you can’t take back OJ’s Heisman for something that happened after he left USC…

    It’s stupid.

  18. 8to80texansblog says: Jul 26, 2013 2:19 PM

    Err those ^^ were pointed at dkhuey. Sorry. Guess I was too slow.

  19. dkhhuey says: Jul 26, 2013 2:56 PM

    @cocker – I’d make sure you were in a crowded public place with OJ – and hold on to your wallet! I’m guessing having a few beers with OJ would be quite an experience – he does have a great deal of stories to tell!

    @8to8 – It’s weird – I get why they took down all the JoePa stuff because that was far more hideous of a crime and it went on over years on the campus – but for some reason, I just don’t get why they’re ripping up all of Aaron’s stuff right now!

  20. mogogo1 says: Jul 26, 2013 3:01 PM

    So, the program who had its head in the sand the entire time Hernandez was there and (allegedly) shooting people now buries its head further in the sand and pretends he never actually attended the school?

  21. 11inthebox says: Jul 26, 2013 6:38 PM

    @ thegamecocker who says: Jul 26, 2013 2:16 PM

    @dkhhuey

    I definitely understand your POV. I still envision OJ cutting across the grain against Gary Beban and the UCLA Bruins in that classic game. I envision OJ in the movie Airplane with Leslie Nielsen…..and now we have OJ the murderer. Who can figure things that happen to us in life….But, I don’t see Hernandez’s brick being re-installed anytime soon. I don’t know what to make of OJ anymore….but here is the funny thing: if OJ asked me to have a beer and a burger with him, I would do it. I wouldn’t talk to him about his trial and subsequent convictions. I would talk to him about his college days and his acting career. IDK, does that make me a bad person? I can only tell you my Wife would not be happy with me….she has a much different POV about OJ….he would not be invited for dinner……
    ————————–
    Maybe the most thoughtful statement I’ve ever read on this site.

    Well done.

  22. thegamecocker says: Jul 26, 2013 10:27 PM

    @11inthebbox

    Thank-you for your kind words. Much appreciated.

  23. v2the4 says: Jul 31, 2013 3:56 AM

    wonder if Florida will “erase” his name and achievements from the record book like they did with Vernon Maxwell in basketball?

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