Originally written on Foxboro Blog  |  Last updated 11/16/14

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 19: Aaron Hernandez of the New England Patriots runs through a tackle from David Harris of the New York Jets during the first quarter at the New Meadowlands Stadium on September 19, 2010 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
When my son was born during the 2010 NFL Season, I would joke that Aaron Hernandez was his favorite Patriot.  I thought Hernandez was a fitting choice for him since they had a lot in common, seeing as he was both the youngest player in the league at the time and Hispanic.  However, during the 2011 season, I often wondered if I had picked the wrong player for Luke to have as "his guy".  After all, Hernandez had a bit of a bad rap coming out of college, has tons of tats, and while he had a good outing last year, his play on the field paled in comparison to that of fellow tight end, Rob Gronkowski.  Would Gronk have been a better choice to have my son look up to during his formative years of Patriots fandom?  After a fair amount of press for shirtless dancing and parties with adult film stars, it became clear to me that Gronkowski was not a great choice either. Still, I wasn't completely sold on Hernandez. I didn't have a good feel for his character, there was some questions ...
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