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Florida removes final reminder of Aaron Hernandez

July 25, 2013|By David Wharton

The last visual reminder of Aaron Hernandez is being removed from his alma mater, the University of Florida.

School officials have spent the last few weeks erasing photos and images of Hernandez from around campus. On Thursday, workers used heavy equipment to dig up a tile outside the stadium that honored the tight end as an All-American.

"We didn't feel it was appropriate to celebrate Aaron Hernandez," the university 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."

Hernandez had legal and administrative troubles while in school. Last month, he was charged with the murder of Odin Lloyd.

He has pleaded not guilty and is being held without bail.

Playing at Florida from 2007-09, Hernandez earned All-America honors and won the Mackey Award, which recognizes the top tight end in the nation. He left school early for the NFL, becoming a star with the New England Patriots.

The team released him after he was charged with murder.

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