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Ron Brace (1986 - 2016)

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Ron Brace (1986 - 2016)

Ron Brace, a former New England Patriots nose tackle, died April 23, according to the Boston Globe. He was 29.

The Patriots confirmed Brace’s death. A cause of death wasn't immediately available.

Brace played college football at Boston College. He was second team All-ACC in 2008. He played on the defensive line at Boston College with former Green Bay Packers nose tackle B.J. Raji.

The Patriots drafted Brace in the second round of the 2009 NFL draft. He played with the Patriots for four seasons.

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Some of Brace’s former teammates paid tribute to him on social media.

“Words cannot express how deeply saddened I am at the loss of my teammate my friend and my brother Ron Brace … Rest easy with the Lord Big Baby. Love you,’’ former Boston College teammate and current assistant coach Al Washington tweeted.

A.J. Brooks tweeted, “Just got a call that God has called one of my brothers home with him. Ron Brace was one of us, he was a goodfella and this definitely hurts. 2004 we all came into BC together and we'll always be connected. Prayers go out to the Brace family. Cherish each day God has given you on this earth because you never know when it's your last. Rest easy big guy.”

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