Former New England Patriots Rob Gronkowski addresses teammate Aaron Hernandez’s murder charge for the first time.

Aaron Hernandez was arrested eight years ago for the murder of Odin Lloyd. Rob Gronkowski has respectfully declined to comment on the arrest of his former teammate. But now this popular player is reflecting on Hernandez’s legacy.

Rob Gronkowski has attended an interview for the 10 Questions with Kyle Brandt podcast. In this podcast, Gronkowski shared his reflection about Hernandez’s trial. He said, “Aaron was a great player. He was a great football player. But, I mean, I get questions like that all the time about him and everything. And with everything going on, I was definitely shaking when I heard that when I heard everything about it.”

Then he added, “You’re not really looking into players like ‘that’s who they are’ or ‘that’s what they’re doing,'” he continued, “But just overall I just try to keep it simple and light. He was a great football player but that does not mean anything.”

The 31-year-old athlete said that he only knew Hernandez as a football player and explained, “Being his teammate and everything and you just, you really don’t see that.”

Until Hernandez was arrested for the murder of his sister-in-law’s fiancé Odin Lloyd in 2013, Gronkowski and Hernandez were both tight ends for the Patriots. When Hernandez was arrested for the murder, the Patriots released him from his contract. Two years later, Hernandez was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.