Aaron Hernandez: football prodigy, killer and a young man who lost his way

The New England Patriots tight end had huge potential but the death of his father and a predilection for marijuana contributed to the prospect of years behind bars

“Five defensive backs ... Aaron Hernandez again ... what a trick move to get free! Brought down by Byrd, weaves his way to the 11.”

For three years, Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski were intertwined. Not only were they the two leading tight ends on the Patriots’ roster, they were the first tight-end pair in NFL history to catch five touchdown passes in consecutive seasons with the same team.

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