I guess we needed this.
As former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was led away from his North Attleboro, Mass. home in handcuffs Wednesday morning to be arraigned for the murder of semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd, many of us who followed him during his halcyon days at Bristol Central must have been wondering just how his career could have turned dark so quickly.
Hernandez was, quite literally, on top of the world. He had just scored a $41.1 million contract from the Patriots. He had an amazing mansion, a fiancee and a baby. And now, according to the prosecution’s charges against against him, Hernandez allegedly threw it all away over some inconsequential beef over whom Lloyd might have been consorting with at a Boston night club.
It makes no sense. None.
So, if you’re like me, you might have felt the need to take a short trip in the Wayback machine if only to remember Hernandez when he was as a star at Bristol Central in an attempt to connect the dots from then until now. Or, maybe you just wanted to remember.
WTNH’s new sports venture unearthed 2006 a video by John Pearson. This YouTube video is hard to hear (for me at least), but it’s at least worth a look to see footage of a young Hernandez, bulling over CCC opponents for Bristol Central with apparently nothing to worry about except the recent death of his father and where he was going play in college.
Update: Now flashback to now. Mike Orazzi of the Bristol Press posted this video of reaction of people in Bristol.