Aaron Hernandez: Face of a winner.
Field Yates reports the process of negotiating the new deal has been an emotional one for Hernandez.
"As soon as we started talking about contracts, I was emotional from that day on," he continued. "Honestly, it's hard for me here [at the gala] to stay, keeping my mind off it, and it's just, like I said, it's surreal. Probably when I'm done with this conversation I'll get some tears in my eyes. But it's real, and it's an honor."
"I called [my family] and told them obviously what the contract was, and the basics about about it," he said. "They were all crying. I was crying right with them. This is probably one of the best days of my life. I'll remember this day forever. I just hope I keep going, doing the right things, making the right decisions so I can have a good life, and be there to live a good life with my family."
"I couldn't be with a better franchise," Hernandez stated. "I know Tom's [Brady] going to be around for a while. I love the coaches, I'm close to my family. The whole organization is actually an organization. A lot of places are called organizations, but are they really organized."
"This is a place that not only did it change my future from them paying me, but it just changed me as a person," he said. "You can't come here and act reckless and do your own stuff, and [I] was one of the persons that I came here, I might've acted the way I wanted to act, but you get changed by Bill Belichick's way. You get changed by the Patriots' way. Now that I'm a Patriot, I have to start living like one, and making the right decisions for them."
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