Two-day window to exchange Hernandez jerseys opens Saturday

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With a secondary market that may or may not be robust, the safest way to get value for any Patriots jerseys bearing the Hernandez name will be to return them this weekend to the Patriots ProShop at Gillette Stadium.

Hours of operation are 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. ET Saturday, and 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Sunday.

The goal of the exchange isn’t, we’re told, to cleanse the market of Hernandez jerseys.  If that were the case, the team would have come up with a broader window than two days on a July weekend at the shop located at the place where home games are played.

Instead, the primary purpose is to give parents a chance to replace jerseys purchased for children with something the children will be proud to wear.

The jerseys harvested by the Patriots won’t be resold.  Instead, they’ll be destroyed or, if possible, recycled.

Regardless of the actual or perceived motivation, it won’t be cheap for the Patriots to hand out essentially free jerseys.  While the out-of-pocket cost is far less than the retail value, every customer who gets a free jersey is one less who’d buy a new jersey at retail price.

Given the 2012 switch from Reebok to Nike, the offer provides if nothing else a chance to get rid of a Reebok jersey with the Hernandez name and to take home a Nike jersey with Brady or Gronkowski or, yes, Tebow on the back.

38 responses to “Two-day window to exchange Hernandez jerseys opens Saturday

  1. Maybe they can exchange the Hernandez jerseys for one of those 19-0 shirts?…………..Oh I forgot, nevermind.

    New England Patriots- Zero Legit Titles

  2. “The jerseys harvested by the Patriots won’t be resold. Instead, they’ll be destroyed or, if possible, recycled.”

    If there’s a big influx of AH’s jerseys for sale on ebay after this weekend we’ll know something’s fishy.

  3. The vast majority of the “fans” have only been so for around 11 years.
    Now that their cheating “window” has closed, the team will be back to mediocre for a decade.

    Now that the Chiefs and Seahawks have assembled teams of greatness and are ready to go on a dynasty run, expect these bandwagoners “fans” suddenly become “longtime” Chiefs or Seahawks “fans”

  4. “The goal wasn’t to erase Hernandez’s stats from our website. We just wanted to put more of an emphasis on the stats of our other players.”

  5. This is a reasonable attempt by the Patriots to allow parents to replace the jersey of a sociopath before revelations worsen the situation. All of the Patriot haters should just put a sock in it and allow this to play out.

  6. “The jerseys harvested by the Patriots won’t be resold. Instead, they’ll be destroyed or, if possible, recycled.”


    Next thing you know, thousands of little kids in Mozambique will be seen proudly sporting oversized #81 Hernandez jerseys.

  7. Sounds like a revenue loss for the Pats. But it will not be.

    I am sure they will have the Jersey return isle lined with impulse purchase items, and people selling $6.00 hot dogs and $10 dollar beer.

    Heck… Really make it profitable… Have a Jersey Burning Bon Fire, and charge each fan $7.oo per Hernandez “S’more”

  8. The Patriots don’t really lose money in this venture. They just unveiled a new logo. The old logo was featured below the collar on the Patriots’ jerseys.

    It’s still a noble gesture by the organization to give fans the opportunity to have a jersey of a current player, but these jerseys would end up on the clearance racks once the 2013-2014 jerseys are released anyway.

  9. The Patriots organization will be disappointed with the turnout. Anyone checked the value of an O. J. Simpson jersey these days?? Sad . . . . . .

  10. Hey man. I have a Dave Meggett Jersey. He is doing time for rape.

    I;m gonna complain? I still love the guy.

    I named my Cat Eleven after Phil Simms. Phil Simms could kill his ex wife and her boyfriend and I;d still love him.

    My buddy’s dog was named OJ. He was a great dog. He was orange.

  11. I think I will trade in my Hernandez jersey for a # 31 Aqib Talib jersey.

    Talib will stay out of trouble, right?

  12. I can’t imagine there will be 10s of thousands of exchanges. Not many people have jerseys of the 2nd best TE on their team. I’d like to see if the Pats release the numbers on the exchanges.

  13. Monkey see monkey do…

    This exchange will be exactly like the rest of the Patriots…Things aren’t what they appear to be.

    Net: Everybody thinks they get a great new free Jersey, instead they get a serial killing on wallets of the wealthiest individuals, and the rest of the jerseys of the poor people that got their Jerseys from Kohl’s, they are just buried never to be found.

  14. On one hand it seems like a decent gesture, but on another, it seems more like a way to draw traffic on a slow holiday weekend to the Pro Shop.

    Many people are away on vacation-they should have a longer window than just 2 days if they really have true intentions of giving people a trade for their jersey.

  15. Patriots are damned if they do, and damned if they don’t.

    They did the right thing by releasing Hernandez – without even knowing what he was being charged with, while other teams keep players far too long. Josh Brent is STILL on the Cowboys, after his drunk driving killed a teammate and he subsequently failed TWO drug tests.

    Now they’re offering Moms and Dads a chance to get the jersey of a murderer off the backs of their kids, and you people still aren’t happy.

    I get the whole “hater” rivalry thing, but it gets to a point where enough is enough. ANY team could have an Aaron Hernandez on their team (Jovan Belcher, anyone?). The issue is how does a team handle it?

    I would applaud ANY team who, when faced with what the Patriots were handed two weeks ago – stood up and did the right thing.

    Cut the guy, erase any current presence of him from this team – including taking back ANY Hernendez jersey, regardless of WHERE it was bought, and getting on with putting together a team without this guy.

    Forget “Spygate”, forget the walk-through Super Bowl taping that never actually happened, forget all that crap and just applaud the team for doing the right thing in cutting all ties with this murdering punk.

  16. Some people are so easily fooled…

    They feed into the needs of Self-Righteous fans who have bought into the Patriot Way.

    Patriot Way = Draft Serial killers that even the Bengals wouldn’t draft. Then drop him like a lead brick because they know exactly what he is yet covered it up. They knew, yet rewarded him only enabling them. Then, reneg on payments owed to a player. Then get Salary Cap relief that nobody else in the league would get. Then lastly, profit off feel-good suuckers that think that Kraft is doing them a favor only to find Kraft is the big winner in sales over the weekend.

  17. I heard one has to have original receipt to exchange, though. And if that’s the case, that’s just not right. How many people have those?

  18. Did you see the pup tent the Patriots set up for jersey exchanges? If I am wealthy enough to buy authentic jerseys on, I am definitely not going to that pup tent to exchange it. Thanks for NOTHING.

    In other news, lets see what a real classy organization and coach are doing…

    John Harbaugh presented each of his assistant coaches with a replica of the 2013 Vince Lombardi Super Bowl Trophy on June 18 — the last day of work before the summer break.

    The original Lombardi Trophy, handcrafted by Tiffany & Co. into seven pounds of sterling silver, is valued at $25,000 to $50,000 and requires about four months to create. Each of the replicas is estimated to cost $10,000 to $20,000.

    The replicas are reportedly inscribed with “Super Bowl XLVII,” the final score of “34-31” over the San Francisco 49ers, and the phrase “The Team.”

    The Ravens’ official website lists 22 assistant coaches. If each one received a trophy, Harbaugh shelled out between $220,000 and $440,000 from his own pocket. He’s raised the bar for the next Super Bowl-winning coach.

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