Lester Williams, Former NFL Players, Dies at 58

Defensive tackle was a first round pick by the New England Patriots in the 1982 draft

Lester Williams, a former defensive tackle for the New England Patriots and a first round pick in the 1982 NFL Draft, died Wednesday. He was 58.

Williams passed away at his Birmingham, Alabama, home, Patriots.com reported. The cause of death has not yet been disclosed.

The Miami, Florida, native played  in 40 games for the Patriots from 1982-1985, including as a starter in Super Bowl XX.

During his four-year career in New England, Williams recorded 39 solo tackles, 60 assists, five sacks, three fumble recoveries and five passes defensed, according to the team’s website.

He later went on to play for the San Diego Chargers and the Seattle Seahawks.

Prior to his NFL career, Williams was a standout player at the University of Miami and was recognized with consensus All-America honors as a senior in 1981.

See remembrance tweets from the sports community below.