University of Florida removes Aaron Hernandez's All-American monument from football facility
On Thursday morning, the school removed a brick located outside of Ben Hill Griffin Stadium commemorating Hernandez’s All-American season in 2009. Prior to removing the brick, photos of the tight end were also removed from Florida’s football facilities.
“We didn’t feel it was appropriate to celebrate Aaron Hernandez,” the school said in a statement. “We put together an immediate plan after the initial news broke to remove his likeness and name in various private and public areas in the facility, such as the south end zone team area, locker room, football offices, Heavener Complex Kornblau Lobby and the brick display entrance to the football facility.”
In his All-American junior campaign, Hernandez caught 68 catches for 850 yards and five touchdowns, and he was selected by the New England Patriots in the second round of the 2010 NFL Draft the following spring.
Throughout his three-year career at the University of Florida, the tight end caught 111 passes for 1,328 yards and 12 touchdowns.