Florida removes Aaron Hernandez brick from campus
With former Gators tight end Aaron Hernandez facing murder charges in Massachusetts, University of Florida officials have been in the process of removing any trace of his legacy at the school.
On Thursday, a picture of his All-American brick being removed began making the rounds.
"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."
Hernandez, 23, played three years at Florida. In 2009, he caught 68 passes for 850 yards and five touchdowns. At season's end he was honored with the John Mackey Award, annually presented to the nation's top tight end.
The former New England Patriots tight end has pleaded not guilty to the murder charge he faces in the death of Boston semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd.