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University of Florida scrubs Aaron Hernandez's name from facilities

Posted by Zuri Berry, Boston.com Staff  July 25, 2013 09:14 AM

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The University of Florida is in the final steps of scrubbing the name and likeness of Aaron Hernandez from its facilities.

On Thursday, the university removed a brick with Hernandez's name on it, stemming from his All-America status in 2009 when he was the nation's top college tight end. Patriots quarterback Tim Tebow has a brick at the university, as does linebacker Brandon Spikes and several current NFL stars.

In a statement, the university said it will completely cleanse itself of Hernandez's name by the end of July.

Here is the full statement:

"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."

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