The New England Patriots did their fans a solid by offering them an opportunity to exchange their Aaron Hernandez jerseys for another Patriots player’s jersey this weekend. The program was announced last week, and it is a two-day program available to fans on Saturday and Sunday. It has been popular thus far.
The Patriots said on Twitter Saturday evening that nearly 1,200 Hernandez jerseys were exchanged. They said Vince Wilfork, Tom Brady, Chandler Jones and Stevan Ridley were the most popular jerseys fans chose in the exchange.
While the Patriots are doing their part to take Hernandez jerseys out of circulation, the merchandise has become a collector’s item elsewhere. Jerseys have been selling for hundreds on bidding sites like eBay.
Between this gesture and releasing Hernandez before they even knew about the murder charge, the Patriots have acted commendably during such a difficult situation.
Below are several photos showing all the fans who showed up for the exchange:
— Fox News (@FoxNews) July 6, 2013
— Kate McKenna (@_KateMcKenna) July 6, 2013
— Todd Kazakiewich (@ToddKazakiewich) July 6, 2013
— Rich Messina (@messinacourant) July 6, 2013