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Former NFL receiver Terry Glenn dies in auto accident at age of 43

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Former NFL wide receiver Terry Glenn was killed in a single-car accident early Monday morning in Irving, Texas, the Dallas County medical examiner’s office confirmed. He was 43.

The medical examiner’s office said Glenn died at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas early Monday morning.

The Irving (Texas) Police Department did confirm that an accident occurred at 12:18 a.m. local time Monday and that the driver was killed, but it did not release the victim’s name.

According to police, the car was traveling eastbound in the 700 block of Highway 114, left its travel lane and crashed into a concrete barrier that divides the express lanes from the local lanes. The driver was ejected from the car, and a passenger suffered minor injuries.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

Glenn grew up in Columbus, Ohio and stayed at home to play for Ohio State before being selected with seventh overall pick by the New England Patriots in the 1996 draft.

During his rookie campaign, Glenn caught 90 passes for 1,132 yards and six touchdowns as to help the Patriots advance to the Super Bowl for the second time in franchise history.

Glen spent six seasons with the Patriots, catching 329 passes, scoring 22 touchdowns, including Tom Brady’s first career touchdown pass. He also played with the Green Bay Packers and Dallas Cowboys.

Patriots Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft issued a statement on Monday, saying the organization is deeply saddened by Glenn’s death.

We were shocked and deeply saddened by today’s news that Terry Glenn died in an auto accident. Terry was one of the most gifted receivers we have ever had. For so many Patriots fans, his rookie season will be remembered as one of the most impactful in franchise history. After a disappointing 6-10 finish in 1995, we drafted Terry seventh overall, and in his first year, he helped propel the Patriots to an AFC Championship and Super Bowl appearance. One of my favorite memories came when we hosted the Pittsburgh Steelers in the divisional playoff game. It was my first home playoff game as an owner and just the second home playoff game in our history. It will always be remembered for the fog that filled Foxboro Stadium that day. Yet, on the first play from scrimmage, Drew Bledsoe threw a deep pass that disappeared in the fog and reappeared 53 yards downfield in Terry Glenn’s hands. We scored on the next play and ended up winning 28-3. Our thoughts and prayers are with Terry’s family, his former teammates and friends who mourn his loss.

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick mourned the loss.

“I was pretty close with Terry,” Belichick said. “His rookie season was my first year here in ’96, so I had a lot of interaction with him and other people that were involved in his life and his upbringing separate from the Patriots. Terry’s a very smart individual. Had, obviously, a lot of physical skill and talent. Could do a lot of things on the football field very naturally. And I think was, deep down inside a good person with good intentions and a good heart. Obviously, it’s a very unfortunate passing and a sad day.”

Former Patriots quarterback Drew Bledsoe expressed his sorrow via social media.

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