NORTH ATTLEBORO, MA - AUGUST 22: Aaron Hernandez is escorted into the courtroom of the Attleboro District Court for his hearing on August 22, 2013 in North Attleboro, Massachusetts. Former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez has been indicted on a first-degree murder charge for the death of Odin Lloyd. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

NFL apparently paid tribute to Aaron Hernandez in video prior to Super Bowl LII


Well this is going to be a controversial moment the NFL isn't going to want.

On Sunday ahead of Super Bowl LII, the NFL aired a tribute video package to former players that had passed away over the past year. While that concept is not at all controversial, it became so when people in U.S. Bank Stadium noticed that the tribute included disgraced former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez.

According to Mike Tanier of Bleacher Report, Hernandez's inclusion was brief and featured with other players on the video board.

Hernandez committed suicide just a week after he had been found not guilty of the murders of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado. Hernandez was still serving a life sentence for the 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd, a conviction that was later abated due to the laws in Massachusetts.


Hernandez was drafted in 2010 by the New England Patriots after a standout career as a tight end at the University of Florida. His NFL career came to a stunning end in June of 2013 when he was arrested for the murder of Lloyd after a short investigation.