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.
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
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.”