On August 27, 2012, the New England Patriots signed him to a five-year extension running through 2018 that includes a $12.5 million signing bonus.
Hernandez, who is of Puerto Rican descent, was born in Bristol, Connecticut. He attended Bristol Central High School in Bristol, and played for the Bristol Central Rams high school football team as a wide receiver. As a senior, he was the Connecticut Gatorade Football Player of the Year after making 67 receptions for 1,807 yards and 24 touchdowns on offense, and 72 tackles, 12 sacks, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and four blocked kicks on defense. The 1,807 receiving yards and 24 touchdowns were a state record and his 31 touchdowns tied the state record. He also set the state record for receiving yards in a single game with 376, which was the seventh best total in national high school history, and set a national high school record for yards receiving per game with 180.7. Hernandez was considered the top tight end recruit in 2007.
Dotson’s Note: I believe that he is one of the best I have ever seen at his position (Tight End). He has/had great future as an NFL player. The following is information that may be of interest to those who are following the story. Please let me know your thoughts on this headline maker. Does it hold a candle to the OJ debacle? Call the Benchwarmers at 560-5397.
News continues to pour out regarding the murder of Odin Lloyd and the connection to Aaron Hernandez and girlfriend Shayanna Jenkins. As police have continued executing search warrants on an almost daily basis at Hernandez's mini mansion, speculation and circumstantial evidence continues to mount against the Patriots Tight End.
Avielle Janelle, Aaron, Shayanna
By now most of us have heard about the fact that Hernandez and Lloyd were hanging out the night before Lloyd was killed and that surveillance footage shows the two together in Dorchester approximately an hour before gunshots were heard by neighbors near where Lloyd's body was recovered and a mile from Hernandez's home. There's also the news of Hernandez destroying his cell phone and home security system while also hiring a cleaning crew to scrub down his home the morning after the murder took place.
There's still plenty more evidence to come forth, but many continue to return to the connection between Hernandez and Lloyd and ask the questions. While Hernandez and his friends have seemingly been tried, sentenced and executed by social media, there's still plenty more to come. What happened in Dorchester, and between the time they were seen and gunshots rang out? How much of a part did the sister of Aaron Hernandez' girlfriend Shayanna Jenkins and her dating relationship with Odin Lloyd play into the events from the early morning of June 17?
For their part, the Patriots have created distance between themselves and Hernandez, turning him away from team facilities when he came to work out on the morning of June 20, while his white Audi was followed by news helicopters. There's still plenty more to come out, and while things certainly seem bleak for Hernandez, there's yet to be comment from him, his camp, or the New England Patriots.
Things continue to develop and likely cause more concern for Aaron Hernandez's girlfriend Shayanna Jenkins. According to reports, the victim in this case is Odin Lloyd, who also happened to be dating the sister of Jenkins. While Hernandez has not been ruled a suspect, most current information as reported by WBZ-TV says that Hernandez has not been ruled out as a suspect yet, either. WBZ is also reporting that Hernandez has remained uncooperative despite investigators being on his property for hours and removing a box from his home. More information is sure to come out on this one.
Aaron Hernandez's girlfriend Shayanna Jenkins has to be a bit concerned right now. Hernandez is all over the news right now after police searched his home in connection with the murder of a man who was said to be an "associate" of Hernandez. While Hernandez is not listed as a suspect, he was initially uncooperative with police - which has led to some degree of suspicion.
Shayanna Jenkins graduated in 2007 from Bristol Central High School along with Hernandez. She currently resides in North Attleboro, MA, presumably in the same residence that the police have been searching. The couple was engaged as of November 2012, but not word on whether they were ever officially married.
Aaron and Shayanna have a daughter together, Avielle Janelle, born in November of 2012. Hernandez gave an interview around the time his daughter was born and addressed how he thought his behavior had to change:
“Now, another one is looking up to me. I can’t just be young and reckless Aaron no
more. I’m gonna try to do the right things, become a good father.”
Dotson’s note: I don't know about you, but this whole mess with the police has me questioning whether he meant what he said. Stay tuned.