Aaron Michael Hernandez (born November 6, 1989) is an American football tight end who played three seasons in the National Football League (NFL), but is currently being held without bail following his indictment on three murder charges.
On August 22, 2013, Hernandez was indicted by a grand jury for the murder of Odin Lloyd, a semi-pro football player, in July 2013. On May 15, 2014, Hernandez was indicted for the 2012 double homicide of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado. Hernandez has maintained his innocence.
Hernandez played college football for the University of Florida, where he was a member of a BCS National Championship team and was recognized as an All-American. He was drafted by the New England Patriots in the fourth round of the 2010 NFL Draft, and enjoyed three productive seasons as a member of the Patriots. The Patriots released Hernandez on June 26, 2013, shortly after he was arrested in the Lloyd murder investigation. He remains a free agent in the National Football League pending the outcome of the trials.