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Aaron Hernandez upbeat through recovery

There probably isn't anyone happier in the Patriots locker room this week than Aaron Hernandez. On Tuesday, the day he turned 23, he welcomed his first child, a daughter named Avielle.

"That’s crazy," Hernandez said. "Best birthday gift you could have, having a daughter on your birthday and especially daddy’s little girl. It’s an honor and I couldn’t ask for my life to be better at this point. My life is pretty good and thank God for that and it’s a blessing and I still feel blessed daily."

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