NFL apparently includes Aaron Hernandez on 'In memoriam' tribute, raising eyebrows

The NFL put together an “In memoriam” video paying tribute to people associated with the league who have died in the last year and aired it at U.S. Bank Stadium ahead of Sunday’s Super Bowl.

That video apparently included a shot of convicted murderer and former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, who took his own life in his prison cell last April.

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This caught the attention of some reporters getting ready to cover the game.

Hernandez’s appearance was apparently brief — so brief in fact, that no video has yet surfaced on social media.

A brief Hernandez appearance seems to be some sort of compromise of two conflicting thoughts:

This guy was a violent criminal and a pariah loathed by football fans and decent people everywhere.

vs.

This guy was a prominent NFL player who died last year.

Either way, it caught people’s attention. We’ll be on the lookout for video if it pops up.

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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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