Leonard Myers dies from cancer complications at 38
Article by Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer
Photo Courtesy of New England Patriots
Myers had been battling cancer, according to the Patriots.
A standout with the Hurricanes from 1997 to 2000, Myers was part of the signing class that helped lay the foundation for Miami to win its fifth national championship the year after he left. A sixth-round pick of the Patriots in 2001, Myers was part of New England’s Super Bowl XXXVI-winning team as a rookie. He had a limited role on that team, having played in only seven games.
“We learned of Leonard’s illness when we invited him back to attend our 15th anniversary celebration of the 2001 Super Bowl Championship team,” Patriots owner Robert Kraft said in a statement. “No one was more excited to attend than Leonard, nor more disappointed to inform us that he wasn’t going to be able to make it back as the December date approached. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Leonard’s family, friends and former teammates who are mourning his loss today.”
Miami athletic director Blake James offered his condolences in a tweet.
Myers is the third player from the 2000 Miami team to die. Linebacker Chris Campbell was killed in a car accident in 2002, and safety Al Blades died in a car accident in 2003.