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Despite Safety Nets From Bristol To Foxborough, Hernandez Could Not Stay On Right Path

Despite Safety Nets From Bristol To Foxborough, Hernandez Could Not Stay On Right Path

Whether he was an affable 9-year-old catcher on the Little League team in Bristol or a hulking, tattooed millionaire in the NFL, there was always somebody ready to help Aaron Hernandez.

Growing up in the tight-knit Bristol sports community, Hernandez had a devoted father, a revered older brother and coaches who treated him as if he were their own son. In college and in the NFL, some of the most prominent names in sports offered their help to Hernandez.

But from his Little League coach to Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, nobody could prevent Hernandez from squandering his remarkable athletic gifts. Serving a life sentence for murder, he was found dead in his jail cell from an...

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