Former New Orleans Saints linebacker Ronald Powell dies at 32

Former New Orleans Saints linebacker Ronald Powell has died, the NFL Players Association said Tuesday on X. He was 32.

"Today we mourn the loss of Ronald Powell — a father, a brother, and a son who was loved and cherished by so many. We send comfort to all those who knew Ronald," the association wrote.

Ronald Powell during a game between the New Orleans Saints and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Tampa, Fla. (Alex Menendez / Getty Images file )
Ronald Powell during a game between the New Orleans Saints and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Tampa, Fla. (Alex Menendez / Getty Images file )

How Powell died was not revealed.

Powell was a fifth-round draft pick out of the University of Florida in the 2014 NFL draft, Sports Illustrated reported. He had 11 sacks and 18.5 tackles for loss with the Florida Gators, according to the sports magazine.

The team said it was saddened to learn about his death.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones," the Gators said on X.

Powell played in 14 games for New Orleans as a rookie, according to Sports Illustrated. After he suffered a knee injury, he was on the practice squads for three teams over the next few years before he exited the league.

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