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Aaron Hernandez arrested for murder
Immediately released by Patriots


June 26, 2013: Aaron Hernandez is arrested and charged with first degree murder. He is released by the Patriots about an hour later.





















 

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Only one former Patriot with a June 26 birth date:

Happy 74th birthday to Eddie Hinton
Born June 26, 1947 in Lawton, Oklahoma
Patriot WR, 1974; uniform #82
Signed as a free agent on October 18, 1974

Eddie Hinton was a first round selection by the Colts in the 1969 draft, out of the University of Oklahoma. In his second season he had an amazing eleven receptions in what was just the second Monday Night Football game ever played. Hinton finished that season with seven touchdowns and lead the 11-2-1 Colts with 47 catches. He also had 86 yards and a touchdown in Baltimore's 17-0 playoff victory over Cincinnati. Hinton followed that performance up with five receptions for 115 yards in the AFC Championship game victory over Oakland.

In the super bowl he was headed for a touchdown when Cowboy defensive back Cornell Green was able to strip the ball inside the ten yard line, and the ball rolled out of the end zone for a touchback. That play allowed for a nail biter finish, with Ken O'Brien bailing Eddie out by kicking the game winning field goal with five seconds to go.

Hinton was also part of a controversial play earlier in the game. At that time if a pass was touched by two offensive players it was declared incomplete. A pass resulting in a 75 yard touchdown to John Mackey appeared to have been tipped by Hinton, but no flag was thrown - and with replay still many years away, the play stood.

Eddie Hinton was also a footnote in Pats history, as he played in what was the Patriots first victory over a team that had been part of the pre-merger NFL.

Until the final game of the '71 season, all of the Patriots victories in 1970 and 1971 had been against AFL clubs. In that first semi-historic game Hinton had four receptions for 81 yards for the Colts, with Baltimore winning 23-3. In the final game of the season Hinton had four catches for 74 yards and two touchdowns, but this time the Pats upset the Colts. Jim Plunkett hit Randy Vataha for two touchdowns and John Outlaw scored on a 60-yard pick-six in the 21-17 victory.

That Colts loss gave the Dolphins the 1971 AFC East division title, and resulted in Baltimore playing on the road at Miami in the AFCCG. Hinton had six receptions for 98 yards in that game, but Miami prevailed by the score of 21-0.

The next year Johnny Unitas called Hinton's number on what would be the final touchdown pass of the great quarterback's career with the Colts. Hinton missed half the season with injuries, and it would turn out to be his final touchdown with Baltimore as well. He spent one season with Houston before reuniting with Chuck Fairbanks, and signing with the Patriots.

Unfortunately knee injuries had robbed the 6'0, 200 pound Hinton of the speed he once had as an Oklahoma Sooner. On a team that ran far more often than they passed, Hinton was buried on the WR depth chart behind Randy Vataha, Reggie Rucker and Darryl Stingley. Hinton appeared in nine games for the Pats with one start, making two receptions for 36 yards and adding a few kickoff and punt returns. After a post-NFL career as a home builder, Eddie Hinton worked as a school bus driver and counselor for at risk youths in Texas.







 

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Other pro football players born on this date with New England area connections:

- Joe Shield, 59 (6/26/1962); born in Brattleboro Vermont, he went to high school at Worcester Academy and then to college at Trinity in Hartford. Shield was a late round draft pick and backup QB for the Packers from 1985-86.

- Josh Thomas, 40 (6/26/81); born in Plymouth MA, the defensive end earned a super bowl ring while playing in 70 games for the Colts from 2004-09; he then went back to school and got his MBA at UNC, and since then has been employed by Eli Lilly.

- Harry Boatswain (1969-8/8/2005); the University of New Haven graduate was drafted by San Francisco in 1991, and got a ring as a backup guard with the Niners in '94. Harry was the second player chosen by Carolina in their expansion draft (and one of the first cut); he later played in the XFL and then became a pro wrestler before succumbing to a heart attack at age 36.



Some notable NFL players born on June 26 include:
- Michael Vick, 41 (6/26/80); despite missing two full seasons in the prime of his career, aka Ron Mexico went to four Pro Bowls, passed for 22,464 yards and rushed for 6,109 yards and 36 touchdowns.

- Chad Pennington, 45 (6/26/76); his accuracy made up for an arm that was not the strongest, throwing for 17,823 yards and 102 touchdowns while twice being named the Comeback Player of the Year.

- Shannon Sharpe, 53 (6/26/68); Hall of Fame tight end and (in my opinion) a putrid person who is among the least to be deserving of a microphone.
 

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i remember hearing about the Hernandez arrest on eei... it was like wtf is going on... the arrest was quickly followed by the news the Pats cut him... and you just knew it wasnt going to end well for him ... sad sad story
 
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Today in Patriots History
Aaron Hernandez arrested for murder
Immediately released by Patriots


June 26, 2013: Aaron Hernandez is arrested and charged with first degree murder. He is released by the Patriots about an hour later.






















Let's leave this one in the dustpin of history and never bring it up again.
 


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