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I think they use the tight ends very similar. He's been doing it forever. He was a basketball prospect. If those guys hadn't laid down that foundation, I'd be playing basketball overseas or maybe in the Olympics.
People will compare us the next ten years of our lives and of our careers, where there will be a better assessment.
I think we'll be in competition for the next ten years, because of the type of players we are. It is going both ways. Really now fullbacks are tight ends.
How will your position still be around? When we play in the middle, not only can you block, you can be at the point of attack. You can stretch a defense and they have to respect the middle of the field. Obviously a ton of fans came out to watch practice. For us, it's great to break up the monotony of training camp, always by yourself and that kind of thing and come up for the opportunity to scrimmage against somebody other than yourself and really a great team.
There's not a team that's won more games than the New England Patriots over the last decade. To have a chance to be around them, watch how they work, compete against new personnel and a new scheme is good for both sides. But, there's no shortage of motivation to go out and play well this year.
They went out and almost won every game and obviously we hope we can put together the same type of result. Certainly it's something we can look at where maybe this is something similar we are going through. You try to take a negative and turn it into a positive. Are they the one team that can relate to what you have at tight end?
It's kind of ironic that him and Rob Gronkowski came out the same year. I think Gronk is a second and Jimmy a third round pick. Those guys have established themselves as two of the best tight ends in the league. Both players continue to get better and better. It's fun to get them on the same field to go at it even though it's not on both sides of the ball from the perspective of what great athletes and great players both are. The only guys that can cover them are each other.
We just played in the Hall of Fame game, but really it's the first preseason game for everyone here on Thursday night. To get out here and see the personnel they have, I love being able to compete against them, because that's a tightly run ship. Coach Bill Belichick has done a phenomenal job since he's been here obviously. They know how to work and win. It's great to have a chance to compete against them. We played against him when he was a senior at Michigan and I was a junior at Purdue.
Really since then we've crossed paths a few times playing each other, a few times in the offseason. We both spend some of the offseason in Southern California as well. I actually saw him this offseason. We worked out together one day. I have a great relationship with Tom, not only professionally, but personally.
Certainly he's one of the best if not the best of all time. Of course I have a little bit of place for them because I'm from this area. It was great to see the turnout. My family's here which is terrific. I think the two organizations from my standpoint of being new in New Orleans and having grown up with this one Patriots are two great organizations getting together helping each other and I think the players were terrific too.
I'm very, very fortunate to work for an organization whose owner allowed us to take the team plane with Mr. I know that Andy and his family and his wife Tammy really appreciated it. There was tremendous support down there. This family, you talk about this NFL football family and it is a family. Commissioner Goodell was there. What you are saying is that Andy Reid is so respected in this league that when a tragedy like that hits anybody we have to be out there to support him.
Our prayers go out to him. It was a terrific service. I think they did a great justice to everything. I look forward to talking to Andy down the road. You can only take away so many things when you present something defensively. Tom's so good at it; it's why we like competing against each other. It's like a chess game out there.
Certainly not as much as in a setting that you would have in a game. I think our players gain a great appreciation for a quality quarterback. We go against one every day in practice, but then you get somebody with different calls a different view. I'm looking forward to doing it against tomorrow. I'd rather have it happened now, get them to bounce back and get them back from the regular season.
Not every quarterback can process everything going on in their mind. I have videotape of both of them with the TV cameras looking at them as they call out the signals, their eyes on the clock. They're looking at what the secondary is doing, they find out what the front is and get them in the right place and if you're one of the ten guys playing with those guys on offense, you know your chance for success on every play goes up. It's funny what you're saying because it's not one there in New England.
It's two and they're both really good. We had trouble covering Aaron Hernandez out there today. We only have 11 and they have You can only double so many guys. You pick your spots, pick and choose.
I'm sure when Tom sees a double somewhere, he goes to the other guy and has a guy that can beat a one-on-one, you have Wes Welker in there, Brandon Lloyd. They have teams that are going to play them. I'm hoping to play them, in a real game, because it would only be one to play them. I'm not so sure as I want to do that kidding. Is there an evolution to the tight end position? Especially when you can block and get those two guys in there with the formations to run the football and throw it.
I have a great deal of help, because the defensive coaches and coaching staff was still intact. I was lucky enough to bring two guys with me, but they've been great and when the players see the coaches embrace it they do too. We have some great leaders on defense, so it's a process right now and we have a long way to go.
It's going to take a long way for us to get to where we want to be. Practicing against another opponent helps. We're trying to have a great deal of respect for each other.
Both head coaches talk about that. Let that level get too high, all you do is spend time bumping chests and getting in fights. We don't want to do that. It looked to me like there was a good element of respect and we got a lot of work done. Andy Reid is strong and his family is strong and everybody knows our thoughts and wishes are with him.
It's always great when we practice against a class franchise like this franchise. We got a lot of good work done today. We got some first and second down, we got some situational third down stuff and then we got a two-minute drill. We got good work today. We've got a few nicks and bruises, but we're okay and we're looking forward to coming out tomorrow.
Both those guys do a tremendous job of looking people off and getting you off your spot and fitting the ball in there.
The tempo is great. The chemistry between him and Wes Welker is unbelievable, so you've got to have you're A game. But Alexander Bradley and Aaron Hernandez got along well.
He'd leave the facility, and he'd morph into something else based on the people he was hanging out with. The evolution of Aaron Hernandez 16 photos The kid from Bristol was a superstar now. He loved the limelight, the action, the nightlife.
One of his favorite haunts in Boston was the pulsing dance floor of Cure nightclub. Just ahead of them, two total strangers, Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado, were paying the entrance fee. So you guys were working at a club in this area? So what happened that night? We came out of the club that we worked at … And we got into our car. A silver SUV came out of nowhere. At the time, you didn't recognize who it was. And you see the two cars side-by-side.
And all of a sudden we heard gun shots. Both died after midnight on a Boston Street. The police made no progress in the weeks that followed.
But Aaron sure did. This is probably one of the best days of my life and I just hope I keep … making the right decisions … and be there to live a good life with my family.
A huge accomplishment of course. But I don't think anything changed for us we just had more money in the bank in a sense.
And all I could do is play my heart out for them … and live like a Patriot. Aaron and Shayanna got engaged that October. A few weeks later, they celebrated the birth of their daughter, Avielle Janelle. Definitely a life changer.
Especially every time I come to the stadium, can't wait to go see her. He's just to me a great guy. He's the love of my life—the father of my child.
I mean that's the tragedy in all of this is that it could've been a fairy tale. But in fairy tales, the hero doesn't shoot at strangers … doesn't blow away his pals. Hernandez was definitely capable of shooting his friends. It was February -- more than six months after the still unsolved murders of de Abreu and Furtado. Hernandez and Bradley headed south to party. They hit the Miami strip club, "Tootsies.
Bradley to pay half of it. Bradley didn't have any money. Bradley and Hernandez left Tootsie's and headed north. Kenny Smith [at crime scene]: Bradley was asleep in the car when all of a sudden he woke up right around this area. And when he did he was looking down the barrel of a gun. The bullet tore through Bradley's hand, blowing off part of one finger, passed through the bridge of his nose, and exploded his right eye in its socket.
This is where we found him, right in this area. And the police ask Bradley who did it. He won't tell 'em. He did not want to assist with the investigation, didn't want to cooperate. But he's in contact then with Aaron.
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Aaron was receiving a steady barrage of text messages from Alexander Bradley. The two men went back and forth, mixing threats with endearments: You read [the texts] and you go, like, "what's going on here? Hernandez stayed in the spotlight as a New England Patriot. And by springHernandez was hanging out with a new friend -- Odin Lloyd, a semi-pro football player. He was a decent, hard-working good kid. He took care of his family to the highest extent that a loving son could.
He's a silly kid, he'll just make you smile. He worked hard, never had a lot of money, but he did have at least one thing in common with Aaron Hernandezfootball. Mike Branch Odin Lloyd's former coach: My relationship to Odin -- football coach. I would say mentor, friend. Odin did not have the money for college. These guys are not paid … You know, he rode his bike to practice.
That shows you commitment. Probably the most amazing person in this whole story … was Ursula Ward, who was Odin Lloyd's mother. Let's shoot the breeze. Tell me about Odin. He would turn a bad situation into a good one. Tell me some other things about him. He's a down-to-earth person. Never take anything for granted.
So Shaneah was his first girl that you were going, like, "OK, this is a good idea. Shaneah was the one.
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Aaron Hernandez and Odin Lloyd simply dated sisters. And clearly you get the chance to hang out with Aaron Hernandez and you love football and you love the Patriots, so that's a pretty cool thing, right?
The last time you saw Odin was what Father's Day, right? And he wished you a happy Father's Day, 'cause you had been a good father and mother to him, right? I love those colors on you. It was the night of June 16, Soon, the three headed for Dorchester to pick up Odin Lloyd. One of Odin's sisters saw them pull up. A half hour later, she began getting a series of texts from Odin: Matthew Kent ran track and played football at a high school in Attleboro, Massachusetts.
I was running home from the gym down the road. So at that point I knew we had what looked like a homicide. James Patterson [to investigators]: You're gonna go into the victim's pockets. And what do you find there? We find car keys to Enterprise Rent-A-Car. And what's your reaction to that? Which Aaron Hernandez is this? It can't possibly be him.
Car keys in the pockets.
The car is a rent-a-car in Aaron's name. Less than a mile from his house. Patterson's new book, "All-American Murder: You get a call from the police. He says, "Do you know Odin Lloyd? And he says, "Ma'am, I'm gonna send two detectives to your home. I said, "That's my son. She gave the police her phone. The same phone Odin had texted to about just who had picked him up that night: So they went to the house. They're knockin' on the door.
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And eventually Aaron opens the door. So they go back and forth a little bit and ultimately Aaron says to them, "What's with all the questions? And he just slams the door when he finds out it's a death investigation.
He doesn't say, "Whose death? The shell casing looked exactly like ones the detectives had found at the scene of Odin Lloyd's murder. And the news breaks … that he is a person of interest.
I'm talkin' to some of the editors and they're like, "Can you believe this? He may have been at the wrong place at the wrong time. But I don't think he, you know, what is said to be out there is actually accurate. We're goin' wall-to-wall coverage at that point. The helicopters are following his car. As the investigation went into overdrive, the spotlight was on Aaron Hernandez -- but in a whole new way. Can you just tell us what happened on Monday night?
Everybody collectively decided it's time. And we decided that we were gonna get an arrest warrant. A white V-neck T -shirt that stretched over his hulking torso like a giant straight jacket. I just remember him spitting on the sidewalk as they were taking him to the cruiser. Less than two hours after Aaron's arrest, another news bulletin had come in: The Patriots had cut Hernandez.
Aaron Hernandez, a former star tight end of the New England Patriots, is being held without bail in a Massachusetts jail… Hernandez is accused of executing his friend, Odin Lloyd Once he was arrested … he basically disappeared from everything Patriots. He was out of the record books. The Patriots announced that fans who had bought Hernandez jerseys could swap them out. The Hernandez jerseys would all be burned. It's like he never existed.
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And it's sad because he definitely existed. My whole family loved him. You know it was looking so bright. We were going up a ladder in a sense to the positive direction. I haven't been able to grasp any of it yet. It's where those on suicide watch and the most high-profile inmates are locked up. And no one was more high profile than Aaron Hernandez. I don't think we've ever seen a case quite like this, somebody who had everything going for him and had this bizarre other life.
We're actually in the unit that Aaron Hernandez was spending his time in.
It's a segregated unit. Here's this guy that had … a dream life. No, he never really did. I've never seen anybody that just seamlessly acclimated the way he did. It was the only place he was allowed to work out as he prepared for the most high stakes contest of his life. It was January 29, The trial would finally be starting.
If convicted of first-degree murder, Hernandez would spend the rest of his life in prison. He believed he could kill Odin Lloyd, and nobody would ever believe he was involved. Michael Fee Defense attorney [in court]: We are here because the police and the prosecutors targeted Aaron from the very beginning.
You never know what's gonna happen at a trial. But we felt the evidence was extremely strong. Everything was leading to Aaron Hernandez … he was the one that shot the gun. Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez is seen in this still image taken from surveillance video which was released by the Attleboro District Court as evidence, in Attleboro, Massachusetts, July 26, Attleboro District Court made pages of documents available, along with images which allegedly show Hernandez in his home with what appears to be a gun in his hand.
We had surveillance from his house. We had text messages where Aaron was basically telling … Ortiz and Wallace to … "get up here quickly. And one of them pulled the trigger, says Hernandez's lawyer. Defense attorney Michael Fee [in court]: A shocking killing … committed by somebody he knew. Prosecutor William McCauley [in court]: With the defendant driving, they drove to a secluded, isolated area in North Attleboro. But there was no smoking gun.