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Patriots Announce Death Of Former Linebacker

A closeup of a New England Patriots football helmet. The team will be without David Andrews in Week 3.

ATLANTA - AUGUST 11: A detailed view of a New England Patriots helmet prior to the NFL preseason game between the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons on August 11, 2006 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo By Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Former New England Patriots linebacker Clayton Weishuhn has passed away.

The news was announced by the team on social media. He was 62 years old. Weishuhn died in a car accident over the weekend.

Weishuhn played for the Patriots for five seasons and was originally a third-round pick by them in the 1982 NFL Draft.

He played in 30 total games and started 26 of those contests. During the 1983 season, he started all 16 games and finished with 229 total tackles.

He also helped lead the Patriots to the 1985 AFC Championship Game where they took down the Miami Dolphins. They then ended up falling to the Chicago Bears in Super Bowl XX.

After his time with the Patriots, he played for the Green Bay Packers for one season before calling it a career.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Weishuhn's friends and family during this time.