It was so long ago that Aaron Hernandez was New England royalty. He was selected by the Patriots in the fourth round of the 2010 NFL Draft. Next to Rob Gronkowski, the two were the first pair of tight ends in NFL history to catch at least five touchdowns in
consecutive seasons for the same team. Hernandez, alongside Gronk, went on to set records for yardage, receptions, and touchdowns.

It's safe to say Hernandez would have been one of the greatest players in New England Patriots history. But sadly, for Pats fans...that wasn't to be. Hernandez loved the thug life more than that of an NFL star. We all know the story by now of how Hernandez killed Odin Lloyd and was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole.

That's why, when earlier today, Hernandez was acquitted for a 2012 double-murder, it almost seemed anti-climactic. After all, he's already facing life in prison. What was another few years going to do to punish him? Would that suddenly make him repent for his past behavior? Was that going to change who Aaron Hernandez is as a man? Would he suddenly be born again and spend the rest of his life apologizing and begging forgiveness for his past behavior and the life he took?

No. He wouldn't. No matter what happened today, Aaron Hernandez is exactly where he belongs: locked up like a dangerous animal.