Both brothers had to endure the loss of their father, Dennis, in 2006 at the age of 49 due to complications from hernia surgery. D.J. was 19, Aaron 16 at the time. The death of Hernandez's father was one of the reasons why Hernandez decommitted from UConn and chose to play for coach Urban Meyer and the Gators.
Aaron Hernandez phone calls tapped before 1st murder trial
Former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez had his jailhouse phone calls hacked ahead of his first murder trial