“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,” the association wrote.
How Powell died was not revealed.
Powell was a fifth-round draft pick out of the University of Florida in the 2014 NFL draft, Sports Illustrated reported. He had 11 sacks and 18.5 tackles for loss with the Florida Gators, according to the sports magazine.
The team said it was saddened to learn about his death.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones,” the Gators said on X.
Powell played in 14 games for New Orleans as a rookie, according to Sports Illustrated. After he suffered a knee injury, he was on the practice squads for three teams over the next few years before he exited the league.
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