Patriots Blog: Aaron Hernandez Vows To ‘Live Life As A Patriot’

August 29, 2012 12:00 AM
Patriots Blog: Aaron Hernandez Vows To ‘Live Life As A Patriot’
" BOSTON (CBS) — He’s been a great young player since the Patriots drafted him in the fourth round in 2010. Now, they have decided to make him one of the cornerstones of the franchise.

Aaron Hernandez signed his five-year and near-$40 million extension earlier this week and then opened up to the media. The tight end said he thought this would be the case.

“I knew it was coming, just cause, when [Rob Gronkowski] got it, I knew there was a good chance I was next in line,” he said. “Now that it happened, it’s definitely a blessing, and [I'll] take it in. I’m excited to go on with my life.”

He spoke to reporters at the Patriots’ Charitable Foundation Gala and said the whole experience made him very emotional.

“As soon as we started talking about contracts, I was emotional from that day on,” he said. “Honestly, it’s hard for me here [at the gala] to stay, keeping my mind off it, and it’s just, like I said, it’s surreal. Probably when I’m done with this conversation I’ll get some tears in my eyes "

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