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Former Falcon Dronett dies

January 21st, 2009

Ryan S. Clark of the Beaumont Enterprise reports that former Falcon defensive lineman Shane Dronett was found dead today in his home in Duluth, GA in Gwinnett County. Per the AJC, Gwinnett police responded to a 911 call regarding suicide at 7:30 am this morning.

Dronett turned 38 just little over a week ago. He was a starting defensive tackle for the Falcons 1998 NFC Championship team. That was his best season in Atlanta, recording 34 tackles and 6.5 sacks. He joined the Falcons midway through the 1996 season and became a starter in 1998. He would spend the next four seasons as a starter with the team. He injured his shoulder at the start of 2002 and missed the entire season and was released after the season.

Dronett was originally a second round pick with the Denver Broncos in 1992. For his career, he played in 139 games, and recorded 242 tackles, 44 sacks, 3 interceptions, and 5 forced fumbles.

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