Aaron Hernandez played for the Florida Gators from 2007-2009 prior to gaining NFL stardom for the New England Patriots. Hernandez was arrested for an alleged connection to three murders that occurred last summer and is now facing criminal charges. Despite this, Aaron Hernandez is currently featured in a Florida Gators 2014 calendar that has surfaced in thousands of homes throughout the country.
Prior to his arrest in 2013, the University of Florida had already approved Aaron Hernandez to be a featured player in the 2014 Florida Gators calendar, which was already in the process of the publication of thousands of copies. The publication could not be stopped entirely when just a couple of months later, Hernandez was charged in connection to the murders of three men in June of 2013.
Hernandez was named Mr. July 2014 in the Florida Gators calendar. In the picture, he is wearing his white No. 81 Gators jersey and holding a football. The calendar is still available for resale on Target’s website because it was approved in the spring of 2013 and released earlier this year. Thousands of copies have been sold and Gator fans vary on whether they decide to display the month in their homes.
Aaron Hernandez is originally from Connecticut and committed to play football for the University of Connecticut. Realizing that he had more options, he enrolled in the University of Florida. Hernandez wanted to play for Coach Urban Meyer and be part of the growing team. He played for the Gators from 2007-2009 with Tim Tebow. Tebow went on to play for various NFL teams, including the Denver Broncos and New York Jets. He also was involved in offseason practices with the New England Patriots in 2013, alongside Hernandez.
As a Florida Gator, Hernandez made a name for himself beginning in his freshman year in 2007, a reputation that led to his featured appearance in the 2014 Florida Gators calendar. He played in a total of 13 games and also was a starter for three out of the 13 games. Concluding his freshman year, he had nine receptions and two touchdowns. He continued to prove his talent during his sophomore year. Out of 13 games, he started 11. In the 2008 season, he finished with 34 interceptions and five touchdowns.
Hernandez also assisted the Florida Gators in a big-time win in the 2009 BCS National Championship game and was awarded the John Mackey Award as a junior in 2009; an award that is given to the best tight end in college football. Hernandez decided to go straight to the NFL instead of finishing out his senior year with the Gators, ending his University of Florida football career with 111 receptions and 12 touchdowns. Hernandez entered the 2010 NFL Draft, where he was drafted in the fourth round by the New England Patriots.
Despite having a successful college football career, which led to an even more successful NFL career with the New England Patriots, Hernandez is currently in custody in connection to three murders that occurred last summer. Months prior to this allegation, the University of Florida approved Hernandez’s inclusion in the 2014 Florida Gators calendar. When the calendar went on the market earlier this year, fans realized that Hernandez, alleged multiple murderer, was Mr. July 2014.
By Tricia Manalansan