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Lester Williams dies; former Patriots nose tackle was 58

Patriots defensive tackle Lester Williams, above in 1982,

Patriots defensive tackle Lester Williams, above in 1982, was the 27th overall pick in NFL's draft. He had played for the University of Miami, and after the Patriots played for San Diego and Seattle. Photo Credit: AP / NFL

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The New England Patriots say former nose tackle Lester Williams, who started in the franchise’s first Super Bowl appearance during the 1985 season, has died. He was 58.

The team says Williams died at home on Wednesday in Birmingham, Alabama. It did not give other details.

The 27th overall pick in the 1982 NFL draft, Williams played in 40 games for the Patriots from 1982 to 1985. He also played one season for San Diego (1986) and Seattle (1987). For the Patriots, he had 39 solo tackles, 60 assists, five sacks and three fumble recoveries.

Williams started all nine games during his NFL strike-shortened rookie year.

Before joining the Patriots, Williams played for the University of Miami. He was inducted into the Miami Sports Hall of Fame in 1999.

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