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Who was Aaron Hernandez? Brief timeline shows violent past of NFL star

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Early Wednesday, ex-NFL player Aaron Hernandez, who was serving life in prison for a murder conviction and was acquitted of a double murder days ago, was found dead in his prison cell after hanging himself.

Before being sentenced to a life behind bars for murder, Hernandez was once a promising NFL star, with a Super Bowl appearance under his belt and a spot on the New England Patriots as the team's star tight end.

But the NFL star was also living troubled life, with warning signs dating back to college, years before he would be convicted of murder.

See the violent timeline of the NFL player's troubled past.

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College years: 2007-2010

After an impressive high school football career, Hernandez was recruited to the University of Florida, where he would become one the Gators' star players on the football team while also he playing alongside Tim Tebow.

During this time, however, Hernandez was rumored to have several run-ins with the law, including use of marijuana, fighting in bars, and would later become a person of interest in shooting case in 2007.

2010-2011

Hernandez was drafted by the New England Patriots and became the youngest player in the league in 2010.

The following year he would make his first Super Bowl appearance in 2011.

2012

Police were called to his home in Hermosa Beach after reports of domestic abuse and an alleged fight between him and his girlfriend, Shayanna Jenkins.

No arrests were reported.

2013

Hernandez was arrested for the murder of Odin Lloyd, a semi-professional football player, in June. He would immediately be cut by the Patriots and indicted by a grand jury in August of 2013.

2014

While behind bars, Hernandez faced accusations of threatening to kill a jail guard.

He would later receive a write up over the incident. 

2015

Hernandez was convicted in the murder of Odin Lloyd in April, and was later reported to have been found with a shank while in prison.

2017

Hernandez was acquitted of the 2012 double homicide of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado in April

He committed suicide by hanging himself in his prison cell on April 19, 2017.

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