The University of Florida continues to fully distance themselves from Aaron Hernandez, and with good reason. The latest of their efforts included removing the former All-American’s brick memorial outside of Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Florida players who received first team all-american honors while at Florida were granted a brick along the Gator Walk entrance in front of the stadium. You can check out the before and after photos below.
The University of Florida also released a statement Thursday morning which read:
“We didn’t feel it was appropriate to celebrate Aaron Hernandez. 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.
“We were able to implement some of the changes immediately and this (brick removal) was a more complex process to complete with our vendors.
“The plan was to have everything completed before the end of July.”
Aaron Hernandez All-American brick coming down. pic.twitter.com/gCflaDAXjS
— Ted Spiker (@ProfSpiker) July 25, 2013
Here's what's left of the Aaron Hernandez brick- contractor was told to take it back to their plant in Lake City. pic.twitter.com/UZvvMdjoE7
— Julie Quittner (@JQuittner) July 25, 2013