Florida football: Netflix unveils documentary on former Gator

It was a tragic story about a former Florida football player. Now, Netflix has released a documentary about the details surrounding the life of Hernandez.

While he played for Florida football, tight end Aaron Hernandez had one of the best careers of any tight end.

But, it all came to a tragic end in 2017 when he was found dead in his prison cell from an apparent suicide.

Now, Netflix has released a documentary series called “Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez.”

It’s a short series — only three episodes — that looks at the life of Hernandez, who came to Florida football from Bristol, Connecticut in 2007 and played for three seasons with the Gators.

He was drafted in the fourth round by the New England Patriots and seemed to have a promising pro career ahead of him until he was convicted in 2015 of first-degree murder in the death of Odin Lloyd.

The documentary is based on the book “Aaron Hernandez’s Killing Fields: Exposing Untold Murders, Violence, Cover-ups, and the NFL’s Shocking Code of Silence” which was released in November 2019.

TAMPA, FL – AUGUST 18: Tight end Aaron Hernandez #81 of the New England Patriots warms up just prior to the start of the preseason game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium on August 18, 2011 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)

The series looks at the life of Hernandez, who was a star athlete at Bristol Central High School. It profiles much more of the crimes he was accused of and touches very little on his time with Florida football.

It did feature an interview with former Florida football head coach Urban Meyer and alleges that it was Meyer who told Hernandez not to return to Florida following his junior season.

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While with Florida football, Hernandez was involved in a bar fight where he punched a bar manager in Gainesville and shattered his eardrum after not paying his bar tab. No charges were filed in the incident.

He entered the NFL Draft where he was selected in the fourth round by the New England Patriots. After two seasons in Foxboro, Hernandez stared in Super Bowl loss and signed a $40 million contract with the team.

But it all came apart when Hernandez was accused, and convicted, of killing Lloyd, the boyfriend of Hernandez’s fiancée’s sister near Hernandez’s home in North Attleboro, Massachusetts.

The series focuses on Hernandez’s struggle with chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE — a degenerative brain injury — as well as his sexuality and the culture of the National Football League.

While playing for Florida football, Hernandez had a standout career. He had 1,382 yards receiving and 12 touchdowns over his three years in Gainesville. He was also part of the 2008 National Championship team that defeated Oklahoma 24-14 in the BCS national title game.

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The documentary on Hernandez can be seen on Netflix.

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