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Hernandez's letter to Patriots before 2010 draft

Tight end offered for forfeit portion of salary if he failed drug test. Terry McCormick

Print This July 09, 2013, 09:50 AM EST
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The Boston Herald has secured the letter that Aaron Hernandez wrote the New England Patriots, outlining his attempt to calm their fears about his drug use in college.

The letter, no doubt crafted by Hernandez's agency, Athletes First, tries to put to rest and doubts the Patriots might have had in drafting the tight end. New England selected him in the fourth round in 2010, after some teams had taken him off their draft boards completely and others had dropped him into the late rounds due to questions about failed drug tests and hints of gang ties.

In the letter, Hernandez says, "I ask you to trust me when I say you have absolutely nothing to worry about when it comes to me and the use of recreational drugs. I have set very high goals for myself in the NFL, and am focused 100% on achieving those goals. So, test me all you want during my rookie year…all of the results will be negative while I am having an overwhelmingly positive impact on the field."

Not even the Patriots could have forecast the trouble that Hernandez would find himself in three years later as the subject of a murder investigation in the shooting death of Odin Lloyd. Now, at 2 p.m. EDT today, per Fox 25 in Boston, much of the evidence collected in the search of Hernandez's home will be made public as the warrants will be unsealed by order of a judge.

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Terry McCormick covers the Titans for TitanInsider.com

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