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Lorenzo Freeman dead; former Giants, Steelers DL was 52

Lorenzo Freeman, left, leans on Maryland's Tommy Neal

Lorenzo Freeman, left, leans on Maryland's Tommy Neal to make the stop behind the line of scrimage during a game on Sept. 1, 1986. Photo Credit: AP

PLUM, Pa. — A former NFL defensive lineman who played for the Pittsburgh Steelers and New York Giants has died. Lorenzo Freeman was 52.

The Westmoreland County coroner says Freeman was found dead Monday at his home in New Kensington, Pennsylvania, after he failed to report for work. He was an assistant coach at Plum High School, working with defensive linemen.

Freeman was born in Camden, New Jersey, and played football at the University of Pittsburgh. He was a fourth-round draft pick by the Green Bay Packers in 1987 but wound up signing with the Steelers and playing for them from 1987 to 1990. He then spent a season with the Giants before retiring from the NFL.

The coroner says an autopsy was expected Tuesday, but foul play was not suspected.

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