Shane Dronett

Duluth, Georgia

Jan 12, 1971 – Jan 21, 2009 (Age 38)


January 12, 1971
January 21, 2009
Duluth, Georgia


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ATLANTA - Shane Dronett, who played 10 years in the NFL and started every game for the Atlanta Falcons' 1998 Super Bowl team, was found dead at his home on Wednesday. He was 38. According to a statement from the Gwinnett County police department, officers were called to Dronett's home near Atlanta on Wednesday morning in response to a possible suicide. Police spokesman Illana Spellman confirmed Dronett's body was found at the residence. The medical examiner's office was examining the body to determine the cause of death. Dronett played at the University of Texas and was a second-round draft pick by Dan Reeves and the Denver Broncos in 1992. As Atlanta's coach, Reeves brought Dronett to the Falcons in 1996 and said Wednesday the 6-foot-6, 300-pound defensive tackle was a key player when the Falcons made a run to the Super Bowl before losing 34-19 to Denver in Miami. Dronett made 86 starts and had 44 sacks in 139 career games. His last season as an active player was 2001, but he remained on the team's roster before he was released following the 2002 season.

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He was a fine human being and a great friend. He will be missed greatly by all of us that knew him. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. Cosmo Palmieri

I went to school with Shane in Bridge City. I just want you to know that you are all in our hearts and prayers here in Florida.

Chris, Berkley and Hayley, Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Shane will remain in our hearts forever. We love you, Merrilyn, Cole, Kirstyn and Kali

Our prayers are with you in this most devastating, difficult time. We hope that you can take some comfort in the fact that he touched many people in a very positive way - ours included. [Les Archambeau's parents].

My heart aches for you Candy and the entire Dronett family. We share many memories. He was a great guy with a great love for outdoor sports and he achieved his long time goal of playing football.May he rest in peace. I know he will be greatly missed by many. My prayers are with you Candy, his wife, children, and the entire family. Glenda Thompson Bridge City, Tx.

I am so sorry to hear about your loss. Your family is in my prayers and may God be with you during this tough time.

To the Dronett Family You gave the world an incredibly talented young man. His talent was only outshown by his heart and love for others. I truly enjoyed playing with Shane at Texas. He made many days and practices fun with his personality. He will be sorely missed as a brother and a friend. May God Bless You All. Rest In Peace #81...The Eyes of Texas are still upon you. And our prayers are with your family. Phil

Chrissy, Please know that we are thinking of you during this very difficult time. We know Shane's passing is a huge loss to you and the many who loved him. You and the girls will be in our prayers. Lisa and Steve Watson

Chris,Berkley,and Hayley, our hearts and prayers are with you. Bert,Nancy,and Elizabeth Wills