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Former Patriots LB Clayton Weishuhn killed in crash

Former NFL linebacker Clayton Weishuhn was killed in a car accident, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety. He was 62.

Weishuhn died Friday near his hometown of Wall, Texas, after being ejected from his pickup truck. According to the accident report, he drifted into a ditch and overcorrected into a dirt field and wasn't wearing a seat belt.

Weishuhn was pronounced dead at the scene.

Weishuhn was a third-round draft pick of the New England Patriots in 1982 and set a franchise record with 229 tackles in 1983.

But he badly injured his left knee in the 1984 season opener against the and missed the rest of the season and the following campaign.

He played in just 13 more NFL games — four with the Patriots in 1986 when he dealt with hamstring and groin injuries and nine for the in 1987.

Weishuhn was a college star at nearby Angelo State University and had 523 tackles from 1978-81 and helped the school win the 1978 NAIA national title. He was inducted into the school's athletic Hall of Honor in 2006.

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