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’s hometown.
“It’s sad that if what they said he did is true, it’s sad that there was a turning point in his life that that’s what it came to,” said Lynch, selected first-team preseason All-SEC. “It was really mind-blowing.”
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.
“I met Tate Casey, who was the old tight end for Florida, but I didn’t get to meet him,” 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.
“If you look at the details on the story, it’s sad,” Lynch said. “It’s terrifying that someone could do something so evil. I just hope Gronk (Rob Gronkowski) is healthy or there’s going to be some trouble, I’ll tell you that.”
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