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  1. stevedogc

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    after he signs his deal the first thing he did was to give money to the Myra Kraft Giving Back Fund.

    New England Patriots Blog - ESPN Boston

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Upon signing his five-year contract extension on Monday, Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez made a charitable gesture that Kraft appreciated in remarks Monday evening at the team's annual charitable foundation gala.

    "One of the touching moments since I've known the team -- knowing that this is our charitable gala tonight -- Aaron came into my office, a little teary-eyed and presented me with a check for $50,000 to go to Myra Kraft Giving Back Fund," Kraft said. "I said 'Aaron, you don't have to do this, you've already got your contract.' And he said 'No, it makes me feel good and I want to do it.'

    Hernandez joins fellow tight end Rob Gronkowski in signing long-term contract extensions this offseason. Both were drafted in 2010; Gronkowski in the second round, and Hernandez in the fourth round.

    "We're privileged to have two of the best young players on this team we know are going to be here for quite some time," Kraft said. "We know that both players had issues coming out, so where we drafted them was not indicative of good they really were, and I think both of them have really shined here."

    To Kraft, Hernandez's donation reflected the organization's desire to have players give back after receiving financial security by playing in the NFL.

    "That made me feel good because part of the thing that we learned early on is that we have a lot of young men who come into this business, and they come from humble financial homes, and part of what we try to do is make them understand is that there is a psychic income involved in giving back both your time and your financial resources, if you can do that," he said.

    "And I sensed that he was touched in doing that. We didn't request it, it's something that he decided. And to flip the switch from living modesty to all of the sudden having a lot of income, I think we have to work real hard to help our young men adjust to that."

    Kraft admitted that the first impression of Hernandez may not reflect the tight end's true character.

    "I just think he's a super player, and really a first-class guy," Kraft said. "Some people might see all the tattoos on him and think. ...Maybe ten years ago I was in that class, (now) I think 'Wow, this guy's a good guy.' And we made a big commitment to him."
     
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    What a class move...interesting to hear how much he credits the Pats with keeping him on track. The Gronk AH show is gonna be one hell of a watch for the next 6 years.
     
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    I think the author left out the end of that quote...? And think what?
     
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    The piece below it is even more impressive and more emotional. Heck, I almost teared up reading it! This is schit Rex and Tanny and Woody can only dream of...

     
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    Good point. 31 teams passed on AHern coming out before the Pats snagged him at #113 overall. The team takes chances on guys with off-field issues, but they do so selectively, and they provide a strong structure. Here's hoping that 2-3 years for now the Alfonzo Dennard is giving part of his long term extension to the Myra Kraft Fund, too.
     
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    very cool....gronk+hernandez= unstoppable
     
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    I've got to admit it, I welled up a little reading that one earlier tonite as well. What a wuss I am :rolleyes:. He's on cloud nine. Good for him. Now play boy, PLAY!!!!!
     
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    this entire organization is class....jets fans...read and learn
     
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    They never learn, and most of them probably can't read, either.
     
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    BRADY +gronk+hernandez= unstoppable

    Fixed that for ya :D
     
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    Back when Gronk got his deal I said I thought Hernandez would leave so he could be the #1 TE somewhere. I could not be happier to be wrong. Aaron Hernandez just became my new favorite Patriot.
     
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    No one brews Kool aid like Belichick :rocker:
     
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    This is one of my favorite thread topics in many months.

    Add -on: SMY tweeted:

    "Hernandez was mostly thoughtful & emotional, but he did make a joke at Gronk's expense when asked about Gronk's extension:"

    "Gronk's a great kid - he probably doesn't even realize he's set for life, because it's Gronk," Hernandez joked." 2 hours ago
     
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    I think Hernandez is going to have a monster year - all the more reason to sign him now and not next year when I predict his value will be astronomical.

    Great signing - great gesture
     
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    still loving this!
     
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    These are the times that makes me very proud that I have been a life long Patriots Fan... nice move Aaron.
     
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    What a great kid. Just when you think you know something for sure- like athletes are mostly selfish, and don't get what's important in life- someone comes along and proves you wrong...again.
     
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    :yeahthat:

    It's great to hear from a young guy who realizes how blessed he is, appreciates that the team is making a huge investment in him, and understands what is expected from him in return. What a refreshing change from all the "disrespected" multi-millionaires who "have to feed their families."
     
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    Wow! what an amazing gesture from AH. I'm happy for him and his family and this really puts things in perspective when you hear a guy talking about the life changes the financial security provides their family. Sounds like how one of us would sound if we were in his shoes as working class people.
     
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