(Daily360.com) – Former NFL linebacker Ronald Powell died at only 32 years old on January, 15, 2024. Powell was a prolific athlete and was the number one, five-star high school football recruit in the nation in 2010 while playing at California’s Rancho Verde High School. Powell graduated from high school and went on to be a star at the University of Florida for three years. The collegiate linebacker decided forgo his senior season and announced his eligibility for the NFL draft after his junior year.
He was selected by the New Orleans Saints in the fifth round of the 2014 draft. In just four years Powell went from the top high school recruit to an NFL player. His career seemed to be off to a great start as he played in 14 games during his rookie year before sustaining an injury that landed him on injured reserve for the remainder of that season.
The Saints waived Powell at the beginning of the 2015 season and he would travel a bit looking for a new home. Powell tried to fight through chronic injuries to his ACL and knees to keep his NFL career from ending. He had short stints with the Chicago Bears, Seattle Seahawks and Tampa Bay Buccaneers before his NFL days ended. Powell moved over to the smaller Alliance of American Football to play for the Orlando Apollos and remained with the club until the league folded in 2019.
No cause of death has been announced for the young Powell. Former college teammate Junior Galette posted to his Twitter account that he’d “love” Powell forever until they meet again. The NFL Players Association wrote that they “mourn the loss of Powell” and expressed sympathies to his family. His alma mater team, the Florida Gators, posted their sadness at the news “about the passing” of their one-time star player. Powell leaves behind two young children, his parents and siblings.
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