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Aaron Hernandez Reportedly Praises Tom Brady, Blasts Robert Kraft in Letter

FILE - In this Thursday, April 9, 2015, file photo, former New England Patriots football player Aaron Hernandez, right, sits with defense attorney Charles Rankin, left, before the jury began deliberations in his murder trial in Fall River, Mass. Hernandez was convicted of murder and sentenced to life imprisonment for the 2013 shooting death of Odin Lloyd. The story was a top news item in Massachusetts in 2015. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, Pool, File)
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Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistJanuary 20, 2017

Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, who is serving a life sentence for murder, praised several of his former teammates while leveling criticism at owner Robert Kraft in a letter he sent to a female pen pal, according to TMZ Sports.

In the letter, he noted, "The closest I was with was probably [Tom] Brady and whom I love to death and always will" and that Rob Gronkowski is "the BEST TE ever to walk on a football field."

Hernandez also wrote that he was close to Julian Edelman and former Patriot Deion Branch during his time with the team.

He had harsher words for Kraft, calling him "non-loyal" and adding that he "told me he loved me every time he seen me" before suggesting Kraft wasn't a man of his word.

Finally, Hernandez said he continues to follow the team, writing, "I have a TV in my cell! And yes I still root for my squad and still love all the ones I loved," before concluding, "I watch every game faithfully cheering them on and always will cuz I have love for so many of them!"

Hernandez, 26, was sentenced to life without parole in April 2015 after being found guilty of the 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd. He was also indicted in the double murder of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Teixeira Furtado and is awaiting trial for that case.

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