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Former New England Patriots and Green Bay Packers Linebacker Dies In Tragic Car Accident

Published 04/26/2022, 7:11 AM EDT

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The sports world is currently mourning the tragic death of a former NFL player. Clayton Weishuhn was declared dead last Friday in a motor vehicle accident near his hometown of Wall, Texas. He was 62-year-old when the incident happened. The veteran played for the Green Bay Packers and made a significant contribution to the New England Patriots in his career.

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Reportedly, it was a single-vehicle accident, and he was pronounced dead at the scene. The San Angelo Standard-Times first reported the news.


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According to the Texas Department of Public Safety report, Weishuhn was driving a 2001 Dodge 2500 pickup northbound on Mikulik Road 4.3 miles northwest of San Angelo at 7:05 p.m when “for an unknown reason the driver drifted into the east ditch, over-corrected skidding across the roadway into the west ditch, and into a dirt field.”

The pickup rolled over and Weishuhn was ejected during the crash. The vehicle then “began to roll over to the right and came to rest upright, facing south,” the report stated. Moreover, it was understood that he was not wearing a seatbelt and was declared dead on the spot. No other vehicles were involved in the scene.

Weishuhn was a significant linebacker for the New England Patriots

Weishuhn was an All-American linebacker for Angelo state. He was a speedy, rugged player when the New England Patriots acquired him from the 1982 draft class. The consecutive year, in 1983, he started 16 games for the Patriots. He registered 229 tackles — 14.3 per game which is a franchise record for the Patriots still unbroken.


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Weishuhn played for 30 games in four years with the AFC East team. However, he often lingered with frequent injuries barring his attendance on the field. The linebacker played his last season with the Green Bay Packers in 1987 before announcing his retirement.


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As soon as the news broke out, superstars from the sports fraternity emerged with their condolences for the legend. According to a news outlet, Patriots Hall of Fame linebacker Andre Tippett tweeted, “My 1982 NFL draft classmate and Patriot teammate Clayton Weishuhn have passed away. One of the great people, a great guy, helluva football player. RIP ‘Cotton.’ ‘’


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After his playing days, Weishuhn returned to farming, and later he was included in the Lone Star Conference Hall of Fame. He is survived by his 41-year-old wife, Diane, three daughters, and 10 grandchildren. May the noble soul rest in peace!

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Deepesh Nair

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Deepesh Nair is an NFL author at EssentiallySports. Having started his career in journalism as a trending news writer, he has published around 500 articles for various media portals. Although Deepesh comes from a Computer Science background, his fondness for writing has persuaded him to create his career in it.

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