FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (MyFoxBoston.com) – Patriots fans looking to turn in their Aaron Hernandez jerseys in exchange for another player's jersey lined up outside the Patriots ProShop in Foxborough Saturday.
Fans handed over their #81 jerseys and received a ticket for their new jersey. The long line of attendees picked up the jerseys of fan favorites that include Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski, and Vince Wilfork.
The New England Patriots were quick to cut all ties with the 23-year-old tight end, releasing him shortly after his June 26 arrest on first degree murder and weapons charges in the death of 27-year-old Odin Lloyd of Dorchester.
Two days later, the team went one step further, offering fans a free trade-in on their Hernandez jerseys.
"We know that children love wearing their Patriots jerseys, but may not understand why parents don't want them wearing their Hernandez jerseys anymore," said New England Patriots spokesperson Stacey James. "We hope this opportunity to exchange those jerseys at the Patriots ProShop for another player's jersey will be well received by parents."
The trade-in was scheduled to continue until store closing at 9 p.m. Saturday and resume again Sunday. The Patriots ProShop is opened until 7 p.m. Sunday.
The exchange is only available for jerseys that were purchased from the New England Patriots ProShop at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough.
Only one exchange is allowed per customer. A receipt from the ProShop is not needed for the exchange, however, only NFL officially licensed jerseys sold from the ProShop are eligible for the exchange. Both Nike and Reebok are acceptable.