Aaron Hernandez Worried Tebow and Brady a Long Time Ago
Aaron Hernandez’s suicide in prison Wednesday morning sent shock waves throughout the sports world, but it appears Tim Tebow and Tom Brady were worried about the troubled tight end well before this tragic day.
An NFL SoundFX video involving Brady and Tebow from six years ago was unearthed, and the topic of Hernandez came up.
In the video, Tebow and Brady are seen talking with each other at the conclusion of a Broncos and Patriots clash on Dec. 18, 2001. Then, Brady, unsolicited and in perfect audio quality, turned the cordial ‘good game’ into the topic of Hernandez and fellow former Gator, Brandon Spikes, both of whom were Tebow’s teammates at the University of Florida.
“I’m trying to watch over Aaron and Brandon,” Brady said to Tebow.
“I appreciate that, too, man,” Tebow responded. “They’re good guys.”
“They’re a lot to handle,” Brady said before the two went their separate ways.
The video came two years before Hernandez was arrested and taken into custody by police, who were investigating the homicide of semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd.
Yet, even all those months before, Tebow and Brady, who helped Hernandez reach All-Pro status as his quarterback, seemingly had shown concern for the troubled tight end.
Tebow and Hernandez were Florida teammates for three seasons, during which Hernandez was involved in two violent incidents which may have foretold what was to unfold in the coming years.
In 2007, Hernandez was accused of punching a bouncer while out with Tebow, who reportedly tried to intervene to no avail. Hernandez’s punch ruptured the victim’s eardrum.
Then, Hernandez was among four Gators football players who were questioned in connection with a September 2007 Gainsville, Fla., shooting that involved five shots being fired into a car, wounding two passengers.
Hernandez was not charged in either incident.
Nearly 10 years later, Hernandez took his own life while serving a lifetime jail sentence without parole for murder.