Aaron Hernandez suicide: Current, former NFL players react

New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez wipes his brow while signing autographs after an NFL football training camp in Foxborough, Mass., Sunday, July 31, 2011. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

(WPRI) — It’s been years since Aaron Hernandez has stepped onto a football field, but news of his reported suicide was having an impact in the sports world Wednesday.

Miami Dolphin Mike Pouncey – a former Hernandez teammate at the University of Florida – on Instagram said he was heartbroken about the news.

Pouncey’s post said “To my friend my brother! Through thick and thin right or wrong we never left each other’s side. Today my heart hurts as I got the worse news I could have imagined. It was just a day ago we shared our last convo. I will forever miss you and love you bro. we will meet again rest easy!”

Other players also took to social media.

Jerel Worth said, “Waking up to terrible news. If you have a chance to right your wrongs, Please jump at the opportunity to turn over a new leaf and live!”

Alton Sterling said, “I don’t care what anyone says. That was the homie. An no one deserves to go out like that.”

Claude Pelon said “R.I.P. Aaron Hernandez”

Josh Gordon Tweeted, “RIP Chico. #81”

Brandon King Tweeted, “Damn man…Aaron Hernandez wow. Had everything he wanted in life then lost it all. RIP…damn.”

Dorin Dickerson said, “RIP Aaron Hernandez.”

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