- Former New Orleans Saints linebacker Ronald Powell has died at the age of 32
Former NFL linebacker Ronald Powell has died at the age of 32.
Powell was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the fifth round of the 2014 draft and played 14 times for them during his rookie season.
He also had brief spells with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Seattle Seahawks and Chicago Bears but never played in the NFL again after leaving New Orleans.
His former college football teammate announced the news on social media on Tuesday. The cause of death remains unclear.
A statement read: ‘I Love You Forever till we meet again. An EXCELLENT FATHER. Respected Brother and a Loving Son.’
Former NFL linebacker Ronald Powell has died at the age of 32, his friend announced on X
‘I am saddened to share with the rest of the world that Ronald Powell Transitioned Earlier today. REST IN POWER RONALD POWELL.’
‘Today we mourn the loss of Ronald Powell- a father, a brother, and a son who was loved and cherished by so many,’ the NFLPA Former Players Fraternity said.
‘We send comfort to all those who knew Ronald. [Rest in peace].’
Powell signed with the Florida Gators as a five-star recruit out of high school and was the No. 1 prospect in the 2010 class from Rancho Verde High School in California.
Despite a number of injuries at college, Powell was taken by the Saints and had a strong first season but was released in September 2015.
After bouncing around NFL practice squad rosters, Powell was signed by the Orlando Apollos of the former AAF in 2019.
But he was waived before the season even started and didn’t play in a single game.
The Florida Gators football program posted their own tribute, writing: ‘We’re very saddened to learn about the passing of former Gators player Ronald Powell.
‘Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones.’
More to follow.