Stephens dies in truck crash

Updated: September 2, 2009, 10:18 PM ET
Associated Press

SHREVEPORT, La. -- John M. Stephens, the 1988 Offensive Rookie of the Year for the New England Patriots, has been killed after his pickup truck ran off a highway and struck some trees, authorities said Wednesday.

Stephens, 43, apparently lost control of his vehicle on a rural stretch of Louisiana Highway 169 near Shreveport on Tuesday evening, the Caddo Parish Sheriff's office said.

Stephens wasn't wearing a seatbelt and was thrown after the truck hit some trees head-on, sheriff's ...

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