Former Patriot Ray Costict dies at 56

Ray Costict, a former Patriots linebacker, has died at the age of 56, the team announced.

Costict was the all-time leading tackler in Mississippi State history and the SEC defensive player of the year in 1976, and the Patriots drafted him in 1977. He played with New England for three seasons.

The team said Costict died on Tuesday in Orlando. No cause of death was announced.