Matthew Slater (left) with Robert Kraft and JoAnn Burton at the Patriots kickoff event.
Matthew Slater (left) with Robert Kraft and JoAnn Burton at the Patriots kickoff event.

The Aaron Hernandez story grows grimmer by the day — Rolling Stone magazine claims the former Patriots tight end was a heavy user of angel dust — but the team honored one of the good guys at its annual kickoff event at Gillette Stadium this week. Matthew Slater, the 27-year-old wide receiver/special teams ace, won the Ron Burton Community Service Award, joining a club that includes Vince Wilfork, Jerod Mayo, Joe Andruzzi, Matt Light, and Zoltan Mesko. Ron Burton’s widow, JoAnn , was there to make the presentation with team owner Robert Kraft.

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