The story of Aaron Hernandez is such a tragic one. He used to be one of the very talented footballers. His glorious career and law run-ins went on side by side, until the latter overpowered, and he ended up in jail. At the age of 27, he committed suicide inside his prison cell. Keep reading to know many interesting details about him!
About Aaron Hernandez
Aaron Hernandez had been a very active footballer since his high school days. He was ranked as the third-best tight end in the draft by Bleacher Report, fourth-best by Mayock, and fifth-best by DraftScout.com.
Every talent of his got a severe blow because of his violent tendencies. He spent the last two years of his life in prison. Though he was put in for lifetime imprisonment, he had always been optimistic and hoped to get released.
But owing to his CTE (Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy) and other mental problems, he committed suicide. His body was found on April 19, 2017, hung from his prison window. He blamed his family for his poor mental condition. He was suffering from ADHD, but his mother failed to provide the right medication. He was also sexually abused when he was six.
Early Life And Family
Born on November 6, 1989, in Connecticut, Aaron grew up in a very cruel environment. His parents were Dennis Hernandez and Terri Hernandez. He had an elder brother named Dennis Jonathan Jr. Aaron’s father used to physically abuse the family. Dennis Hernandez was very hard on both of his kids and always used to push them to excel in their studies and athletics.
However the relationship was, Aaron used to love him and got deeply affected when his father died. Aaron attended Bristol Central High School. He was brilliant at football along with basketball. At the special request of his coach, he was allowed to graduate early so that he can play for the University of Florida. He was in a relationship with his childhood friend, Shayanna Jenkins, who was his fiancee. They both share a daughter named Avielle who was born in 2012.
His Career And Major Milestones
In his high school days, he was the captain of the Bristol Central High School Football Team. He even received the Gatorade Football Player of the Year Award. In his freshman year, he played three games for the Florida Gators. He also rose to become an NFL tight end who played for the New England Patriots. He had signed various contracts worth millions of dollars. His drug problem was a major setback because other teams didn’t want to engage with him.
Apart from his other legal issues, on June 26, 2013, the law charged him with the first-degree murder of Odin Lloyd, another football player. He received life imprisonment in this case and with his suicide, everything ended.
A Few Things You Didn’t Know About Aaron Hernandez
- Documentary “Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez” was released on Netflix, on January 15, 2024.
- Aaron’s brain is considered as the classical case of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy according to the Boston University. His CTE was at stage 3 of 4.
- Aaron used to keep illegal firearms and had also hired a friend as his full time bodyguard.
When he died, Aaron had a net worth of around $50000 only. He was a millionaire but he gave most of his assets to his fiance and their daughter before dying. During his career, most of his earnings were through the NFL.