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Former Pats Rookie of the Year John Stephens Killed

StarTribune.com reports on the sad death of John Stephens, the 1988 Pats rookie of the year:

John M. Stephens, the 1988 Offensive Rookie of the Year for the New England Patriots, has been killed after his pickup truck ran off a highway and struck some trees, authorities said Wednesday. Stephens, 43, apparently lost control of his vehicle on a rural stretch of Louisiana Highway 169 near Shreveport on Tuesday evening, the Caddo Parish Sheriff’s office said. Stephens wasn’t wearing a seatbelt and was thrown after the truck hit some trees head-on, sheriff’s spokeswoman Cindy Chadwick said in a statement. “It appeared Stephens lost control and tried to overcorrect his steering, causing him to cross back over the road and hit the trees,” the sheriff’s office added.


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