It is well known in Connecticut and at UConn that former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, who is currently facing a murder charge, was all set to join the Huskies for the 2007 season.
Hernandez, a native of Bristol and one of the top tight ends entering college football in 2007, committed to UConn as a sophomore at Bristol Central High School, wanting to be on the receiving end of passes from his brother, UConn’s starting quarterback D.J., but he eventually changed his mind and went to the University of Florida.
And of course, as in any Florida-related story, is it a surprise that Tim Tebow was at the forefront of Hernandez’s decision to snub Randy Edsall, his brother, and the Huskies?
According to a report from NESN that appears in their live blog of the Hernandez saga, the new Patriots quarterback hosted Hernandez during his visit to Gainesville, and the Heisman Trophy winner was able to help convince Hernandez to head to Florida.
But while Tebow played a role in getting Hernandez to Florida, the relationship was never strong. According to the report, Tebow always tried to help Hernandez lead a better life, but the two never hung out off the field — apparently a big mistake for the tight end.
That being said, Hernandez and Tebow were successful together in Florida, teaming up to win the 2009 SEC and BCS championships.
The two were teammates on the Patriots for only 16 days before Hernandez was arrested and immediately released by the Patriots.