Former Patriots, Boston College, and Burncoat High School (Worcester, Ma.) defensive tackle Ron Brace passed away on Saturday night. Brace was only 29 years old.
We are not reporting cause of death because it hasn't been officially released, but there was nothing criminal, it was simply a tragedy. The New England Patriots released a statement regarding the death of Brace:
"We were deeply saddened to hear the news this morning of Ron Brace's death. Seven years ago tomorrow (4/25/09), we drafted Ron after his standout career at Boston College. During his Patriots career, the Springfield native was always eager to volunteer and give back in our communities, especially when those community initiatives were held in Western Mass. It is difficult to believe that someone so young and in the prime of his life is no longer with us. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Ron's family, friends and the many former teammates who will mourn Ron's passing."
Brace was extremely active in the Springfield and Worcester communities, and his impact was felt in all different ways. This is a huge loss, literally and figuratively, for Western Massachusetts.
Brace played for the Patriots from 2009 to 2012 before being cut during training camp. He signed with the Redskins, was cut again, and that was the end of his days in the NFL. In 39 career games, Brace started seven games and compiled 24 solo tackles, 15 assisted tackles, and one forced fumble.
Brace was redshirted by Boston College in 2004, and he appeared in eight games as a freshman. As a sophomore, Brace started 11 games and was never removed from the starting lineup again. He started 49 of 57 games at BC, totaling 50 solo tackles, 35 assisted tackles, 22 tackles for loss, five sacks, and one forced fumble.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Brace family during this extremely difficult time.
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