Georgia tight end Arthur Lynch is a huge New England Patriots fan. He plays the same position that Aaron Hernandez did for the NFL team until Hernandez was charged with first-degree murder.
Now Hernandez, the former Florida Gator, is in prison in North Dartmouth, Mass., Lynch‚Äôs hometown.
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs sad that if what they said he did is true, it‚Äôs sad that there was a turning point in his life that that‚Äôs what it came to,‚Äù said Lynch, selected first-team preseason All-SEC. ‚ÄúIt was really mind-blowing.‚Äù
Hernandez was charged last month with the murder of Odin Lloyd, a semi-pro football player. He pleaded not guilt.
When Hernandez led all SEC tight ends with 68 catches for 850 yards and five touchdowns at Florida in 2009, Lynch was a Georgia freshman.
They never met, Lynch said.
‚ÄúI met Tate Casey, who was the old tight end for Florida, but I didn‚Äôt get to meet him,‚Äù said Lynch, a redshirt senior
Hernandez, a fourth-round pick by the Patriots, is only seven months older than Lynch, who turned 23 in June.
‚ÄúIf you look at the details on the story, it‚Äôs sad,‚Äù Lynch said. ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs terrifying that someone could do something so evil. I just hope Gronk (Rob Gronkowski) is healthy or there‚Äôs going to be some trouble, I‚Äôll tell you that.‚Äù
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