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What if Aaron Hernandez were a Bronco?

Published: June 26, 2013, 11:42 am, by Paul Klee

When a bizarre, newsworthy, even tragic, sports-related story hits the fan, my first reaction is usually this:

What if this were a Colorado athlete?

In this case: What if Aaron Hernandez was a tight end drafted by the Broncos?

Given the relationship between the Broncos and their devoted fans, it’s tough to even think about.

I wasn’t here during the 2010 draft and have zero knowledge of the Broncos scouting of Hernandez. I don’t remember reading of any interest. For what it’s worth, the Patriots selected Hernandez with the 15th pick of the fourth round of the 2010 draft. The Broncos didn’t have a fourth-round pick that year. Denver’s next pick was Perrish Cox, the corner from Oklahoma State. The Broncos didn’t take a tight end in the 2010 draft.

The Pats released Hernandez today. My first thought: That didn’t happen already? I know, innocent until proven guilty. Even so, say Hernandez wasn’t arrested and it ends up he’s not responsible for this man’s death — given the information that has come to light since this whole thing went down, is that still a guy you want wearing the team uniform and in the locker room?

It’s almost hard to believe Hernandez was a member of the Patriots up until today. Talk about a team with winning as its bottom line.

In a high-profile investigaton that seems to be growing more troubling with every tweet or news story, it seems feels like one fact has been ignored: A man is dead. This is a sad, sad tale that seems to be far from over.