Searchers Recover Body of Missing NE Patriot

DE believed drowned in New Orleans
By M. Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted May 28, 2007 3:55 PM CDT
In this Dec. 31, 2006 photo, released by the New England Patriots Media Relations football player Marquise Hill (91) is shown. Hill was reported missing following a personal watercraft accident, Sunday,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The body of New England Patriots defensive end Marquise Hill was pulled from Lake Pontchartrain this afternoon, almost a day after the New Orleans native was reported missing. His agent told the Boston Globe that Hill, 24, and a young woman fell off a personal watercraft in a strong current. He had played three NFL seasons, appearing in 13 games.

The 6-foot-6, 300-pound Hill could swim but was not wearing a life vest, agent Bob Elias said. "He helped her stay calm," Elias said of Hill's companion. "He ended up saving her life." Hill was a second-round draft pick out of LSU and played on the team that won Super Bowl XXXIX as a rookie.