A team representative said some parents might have a tough time telling their kids they could not wear a jersey bearing the accused killer's name and number.
"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 Patriots representative 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 offer was indeed well received. WFXT-TV in Boston said a long line of customers showed up at the Foxborough shop to trade their No. 81 jerseys for a ticket entitling them to a replacement shirt.
The Patriots' offer applied only to jerseys purchased at the Pro Shop.
Hernandez was cut by the Patriots after he was accused of murder in the June 26 shooting of Odin Lloyd, 27, Dorchester.