Leonard Myers, a member of the first New England Patriots Super Bowl team of the Tom Brady and Bill Belichick era, has died at the age of 38 after succumbing to cancer.
Reports came trickling in of Myers’ death from friends and family on social media early Friday morning, at which point his alma mater, the Universty of Miami, confirmed his death (h/t TMZ Sports).
Here’s one post paying homage to Myers following his death. It comes from former All American Mike Rumph, who ended up being selected in the first round by the San Francisco 49ers a year after Myers joined the Patriots.
We'll love you forever Leonard!!
Hurricanes family!! 🙌🏾♥️ pic.twitter.com/TppY8AghFz
— Mike Rumph (@CoachRumph16) February 17, 2017
Myers played sparingly for the Patriots in 2001 and 2002 before seeing limited action with the Detroit Lions and New York Jets in 2003.
He was a three-year starter for Miami (F) during the Buth Davis’ rebuild, earning All Big East Second Team honors in 2000. This, despite a foot injury that would end up impacting Myers’ ability to make an impact at the NFL level.
A sixth-round pick of the Patriots in 2001, he collected a Super Bowl ring for the team that defeated the then St. Louis Rams the following February. According to TMZ, Myers would go on to sell that ring on eBay in 2005.
Myers was just 38 years old.