Former New England Patriots defensive tackle Ron Brace dead at 29

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Former Patriots lineman Ron Brace dead at age 29

Former New England Patriots defensive tackle Ron Brace passed away on Sunday at the age of 29. The Patriots confrimed their former defensive tackle’s death, according to the Boston Globe.

Brace was drafted 40th overall by the Patriots back in 2009. The last time he started an NFL game was back in 2010 for the Patriots. In his rookie year, Brace only made nine tackles in nine games played. In 2010, he played in 13 games amassing 15 tackles. Brace only played in a combined 17-games the next two seasons due to various injuries and never quite fulfilled his second round pick billing.

He was released by the Patriots in 2012, signing with the Washington Redskins shortly thereafter. Despite this, Brace never appeared in a game for Washington.

Al Washington was a teammate of Brace’s with Boston College and is now a coach there and shared his thoughts on his former teammates passing.

Patrick Chung came into the league with Brace as a part of the Patriots draft class from that season and shared his thoughts as well.

It’s a hard thing for anyone to have to deal with, and the death of a friend has left those who knew Brace reeling.

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