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Ex-NFL player Leonard Myers dies of cancer at age 38

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Former NFL defensive back Leonard Myers has died after battling cancer. He was 38.

A sixth-round draft pick of the Patriots in 2001, Leonard was on the team that won the Super Bowl that season, although he was inactive for the game. He would later recall his disappointment that the Patriots’ coaches had planned all week to play him in the Super Bowl but decided during pregame warmups that they needed another active offensive lineman and had to deactivate one defensive back, and he was the one. Myers would later get attention for selling his Super Bowl ring on eBay for $32,600.

After spending three seasons in New England, Myers briefly spent time with the Saints, Jets and Lions and played in the Canadian Football League.

A native of South Florida, Myers was a three-year starter for the Miami Hurricanes and part of the rebound of a program that went 5-6 his freshman year and 11-1 his senior year. Myers most recently was the wide receivers coach at New Mexico Highlands University in 2015.

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12 Responses to “Ex-NFL player Leonard Myers dies of cancer at age 38”
  1. Della Street says: Feb 17, 2017 10:33 AM

    RIP. Too young, man, way too young.

  2. mcfc2014 says: Feb 17, 2017 10:35 AM

    Way to young, RIP sir

  3. eddielionhead says: Feb 17, 2017 10:51 AM

    God Bless You Mr. Myers

  4. harrisonhits2 says: Feb 17, 2017 10:53 AM

    Its not a fair life that’s for sure, but at least he had some time in the spotlight and living his dream out.

    RIP

  5. Della Street says: Feb 17, 2017 11:12 AM

    Everyone down voting these comments needs to get a life; show some compassion FCS.

  6. packrule says: Feb 17, 2017 11:30 AM

    God bless his family through a very tough process. Hopefully he had faith in his heart and mind.

  7. RandyinRoxbury says: Feb 17, 2017 11:58 AM

    Very tragic, a great player at the “U”, condolences to the family.

  8. superpatriotsfan says: Feb 17, 2017 1:52 PM

    Della Street says:
    Feb 17, 2017 11:12 AM
    Everyone down voting these comments needs to get a life; show some compassion FCS.
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    It’s Pats homers. They downvote anything that does not say Tom Brady = GOAT

  9. patsfan says: Feb 17, 2017 2:13 PM

    OOF.

    RIP Mr. Myers. My condolences to your family.

    Way too young…

  10. Della Street says: Feb 17, 2017 3:44 PM

    superpatriotsfan says:
    Feb 17, 2017 1:52 PM
    Della Street says:
    Feb 17, 2017 11:12 AM
    Everyone down voting these comments needs to get a life; show some compassion FCS.
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    It’s Pats homers. They downvote anything that does not say Tom Brady = GOAT

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    Considering Mr. Myers once played for the Patriots, you couldn’t be more wrong.

  11. marmac2768 says: Feb 17, 2017 4:03 PM

    Considering Mr. Myers once played for the Patriots, you couldn’t be more wrong.”

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    Did you read the article? He was disappointed in the Pats coaches that they didn’t play him in the game. Sounds like a dis to Belichick and that infuriates those who live in Patworld! Hence the downvotes.

  12. stopjamminme says: Feb 17, 2017 5:12 PM

    Seriously, how could anyone be so cruel as to vote down a condolence for a man who lost his life much too soon? Who cares what NFL team he played for?

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