Urban Meyer Reportedly Warned Team Not to Draft Aaron Hernandez

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistSeptember 19, 2018

Florida head coach Urban Meyer contemplates his next move as he awaits the outcome of a play review in the final minutes of an NCAA football game against Mississippi in Gainsville, Fla., Saturday, Sept. 27, 2008. Ole Miss upset the Gators 31-30.(AP Photo/Reinhold Matay)
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Urban Meyer reportedly warned at least one NFL team not to select former Florida Gators tight end Aaron Hernandez prior to the 2010 NFL draft.

In his new book, Belichick: The Making of the Greatest Football Coach of All Time, ESPN's Ian O'Connor writes an official with the team Meyer warned was befuddled by Bill Belichick's decision to draft Hernandez in the fourth round based on what he heard from the former Florida Gators head coach.

"Look, this guy's a hell of a football player, but he f--king lies to beat the system and teaches all our other guys to beat the system," Meyer reportedly said. "With the marijuana stuff, we've never caught this guy, but we know he's doing it. ... Don't f--king touch that guy."

Hernandez spent three seasons with the Patriots before he was cut prior to the start of the 2013 campaign amid his involvement in a homicide investigation.

Two years later, Hernandez was found guilty of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison without parole for his role in the shooting death of semi-professional football player Odin Lloyd.

In April 2017, Hernandez killed himself in his prison cell.