The New England Patriots have offered fans an opportunity to bring their Aaron Hernandez jerseys to Gillette Stadium and swap them out for a new jersey. The program had a huge response as hundreds flocked to swap out their jersey.
The exchange, which opened its doors on Saturday and will continue on Sunday, got off to a brisk start. By 11 a.m. ET, more than 500 jerseys — including 100-plus youth jerseys — had been traded in, Patriots spokesman Stacey James told NFL.com and NFL Network. As of 5 p.m., those numbers were up to nearly 1,200 jerseys, including 300 in youth sizes, James said.
The most popular replacement on Saturday was Wilfork followed by Brady, Chandler Jones and Stevan Ridley, James said.
Fans were given their choice of a Tom Brady, Vince Wilfork or Rob Gronkowski authentic jersey. There was a wider selection of players available in the replica jerseys.
“They’re going to lose a lot of money on this, but that’s what makes it one of the best organizations definitely in the NFL,” fan Mike Vitelli said.
Hernandez jerseys were going for up to $1,200 on eBay and resale sites. Fans could’ve gone that route.
“There’s no point,” fan Chris Sousa said. “I’m not in the game for that stuff. (Hernandez is) a good player. There’s no need to defame his name and sell his stuff out there. I stayed true to who I am.”