Former Patriots player Ron Brace dead at 29

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – 22News has confirmed that former New England Patriots player Ron Brace has died. He was 29 years old.

A family member confirmed the death to 22News. Brace was a Springfield native.

He was drafted in the 2nd round of the 2009 NFL Draft out of Boston College and played nearly 40 games for the Patriots as a defensive tackle. Statistics show he recorded 39 tackles and forced a fumble.

22News cameras were in the Indian Orchard section of Springfield the night that Ron Brace’s phone rang, and Patriots head coach Bill Belichick was on the other end to tell him that he was drafted and would become a Patriot.

“It wasn’t nerve-racking until around pick 30. From then on, that’s when it was a little nerve-racking. Just waiting to hear the phone ring. But I’m glad it rang at all. It’s a really good feeling,” said Brace.

Brace grew up in Springfield, moved to Worcester in the 6th grade, and then moved back to the Springfield after high school.

It’s not clear what caused his death.

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