But there is one reminder of their former tight end that the folks in New England won't be able to forget — for at least for 31 days this fall.
Hernandez is the featured player for August on the team's official wall and mini calendars for 2013, which Boston.com pointed out in a blog post on Thursday.
The officially licensed NFL team calendar, produced by Perfect Timing, Inc., was still available on Amazon.com as of Friday afternoon at the discounted price of $5 (it originally sold for $15.99).
Hernandez, who was arrested on June 26 and charged with first-degree murder for his alleged role in orchestrating the execution of Odin Lloyd, is being held without bail as he awaits the next legal maneuverings in the case.
The Patriots, who didn't waste any time in releasing Hernandez after his arrest, offered fans an opportunity to rid themselves of their No. 81 jerseys last month. On July 6, hundreds of New England fans lined up outside Gillette Stadium as part of the Patriots' free jersey exchange.
The Patriots aren't alone in erasing the world of any sign of Hernandez. The NFL Pro Football Hall of Fame even stripped a prize-winning photo of Hernandez in the playoffs from its walls.
And the University of Florida, where Hernandez helped lead the Gators to a national championship in 2008, removed Hernandez's first team All-American brick from outside the school's football stadium in Gainesville last month.
See you in September — or more likely — 25 to life.