SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Saying that he “never forgot and relished his Springfield roots,” Mayor Domenic Sarno paid tribute to former New England Patriots defensive tackle Ron Brace, who died over the weekend at age 29.
Brace was born in Springfield and attended city schools, before moving to Worcester in the 6th grade. After high school, his family returned to Springfield.
In a statement sent to 22News Monday, Sarno said that he has known the Brace family for many years, dating back to the time he attended high school with Brace’s father. He said that the whole family showed a great commitment to the community.
“In the aftermath of the June 2011 tornado, Ron was right there with New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft in donating and raising funds towards our tornado recovery efforts. He will be solely missed, especially to our youth population of Springfield,” Sarno said.
As a member of the New England Patriots, Brace played nearly 40 games, recording 39 tackles and forcing one fumble.