John Stephens, Former New England Patriot, Dies

John Stephens, a 43-year-old former New England Patriot, died Tuesday in a car accident. He was 43 years old.

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He was the 17th overall first round pick in 1988. He was salso Offensive Rookie of the Year in that year.

According to, Patriots executive director of community affairs Andre Tippett said, “He had a fantastic rookie year. For that period of time that he had success as a running back, there was nobody better.’’
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