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John Stephens, a former Patriots running back and the 1988 Offensive Rookie of the Year, died Wednesday when his pickup truck went off the road and hit some trees in rural Louisiana. Stephens reportedly wasn’t wearing a seat belt when he lost control traveling at a high rate of speed.
Stephens, 43, was selected No. 17 overall in the 1988 draft and ran for 1,168 yards in his rookie season. He spent four years with the Patriots before moving around the NFL and retiring in 1994. He was also a recipient of the first ever NFL’s Gale Sayers Humanitarian Citation.
My Take: It’s always tough when a former NFL pro loses his life at a young age. Stephens came into the league and played well and though he probably never fulfilled his potential was still an asset for a few years.
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