First there was O.J. Simpson. Then there was Aaron Hernandez, the New England Patriot’s tight end convicted of killing three men. The NFL superstar, who committed suicide in prison, is the subject of an upcoming three-part Netflix documentary series.
“Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez” premieres on Jan. 15.
Netflix released a trailer for the documentary on Twitter, noting: “From the studio that brought you ‘Making a Murderer’ and ‘Evil Genius,’ witness the rise and fall of the infamous athlete Aaron Hernandez. How can someone who had everything throw it all away?”
The NFL superstar has a rapid fall from grace. Recruited into the NFL at 20, Hernandez played for the Patriots from 2010-2012. In 2011, the Patriots went to the Super Bowl and Hernandez had a stellar season: 79 receptions, 910 yards and seven touchdowns.
By 2013, Hernandez had a five-year, $40 million contract.
But he also had a dark side — a fascination with gang life and an abusive childhood cited, in part, for his violent behavior. Put on trial for the killing of Odin Lloyd and two Boston-area men, he was convicted in 2015 for murdering Lloyd and sentenced to life in prison.
In March 2018, Hernandez was also the subject of a two-part series on Oxygen called “Aaron Hernandez Uncovered.”