Ex-NFL Star Ronald Powell Passes Away at 32

Former Gator and NFL talent Ronald Powell passes away.

by Nouman Rasool
Ex-NFL Star Ronald Powell Passes Away at 32
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The NFL world is in mourning following the untimely death of Ronald Powell, the former linebacker for the New Orleans Saints, who passed away at the age of 32. The NFL Players Association confirmed the news of his passing on January 16, marking a solemn day for his family, friends, and fans across the nation.

In a heartfelt tribute, the NFLPA expressed their deep sorrow, stating, "Today we mourn the loss of Ronald Powell — a father, a brother, and a son who was loved and cherished by so many. We send comfort to all those who knew Ronald.

#RIP." Accompanying their message was a poignant photo of Powell, a reminder of the legacy he leaves behind. The cause of Powell's death has not been disclosed, leaving many in the sports community searching for answers and grappling with this unexpected loss.

Powell's NFL Ascent

Ronald Powell's journey to the NFL was marked by notable achievements and perseverance. His collegiate career at the University of Florida set the stage for his professional aspirations. His potential was recognized by the Saints, who selected him in the fifth round of the 2014 NFL draft.

In his debut year, Powell played in 14 games, making his mark with two tackles. His career extended beyond New Orleans, with stints on the practice squads of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Chicago Bears. Powell's relentless pursuit of his football dreams led him to the Seattle Seahawks, though his tenure there concluded in 2017.

He later showcased his talents in the Alliance of American Football, playing for the Orlando Apollos in 2019 before the league's dissolution. The Florida Gators, Powell's alma mater, also paid homage to their former star. Their official football account shared, "We’re very saddened to learn about the passing of former Gators player Ronald Powell.

Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones." This sentiment echoes across the football community, as many remember Powell not just for his athletic prowess, but for the man he was off the field. As the NFL community comes to terms with this loss, Ronald Powell's legacy as a player and a person will undoubtedly continue to inspire and resonate.

His journey from the fields of Florida to the professional gridiron serves as a testament to his dedication and passion for the game he loved.