by Aaron Wilson
July 25, 02013
In the wake of former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez being arrested and charged with murder, the University of Florida is doing its best to pretend Hernandez never existed there.
The former Gators star's photographs have been removed from the football facility.
Today, the team plans to dig up and remove a brick outside the stadium that honored the former All-American.
At Florida, Hernandez won the Mackey Award as the top tight end in the nation.
The Pro Football Hall of Fame took out an award-winning photo of Hernandez, who remains in jail without bail.
"We didn't feel it was appropriate to celebrate Aaron Hernandez," the school said in a statement. "We put together an immediate plan after the initial news broke to remove his likeness and name in various private and public areas in the facility, such as the South Endzone team area, locker room, football offices, Heavener Complex Kornblau Lobby and the brick display entrance to the football facility."
"We were able to implement some of the changes immediately and this [brick removal] was a more complex process to complete with our vendors. The plan was to have everything completed before the end of July."
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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun.