Searchers Recover Body of Missing NE Patriot

DE believed drowned in New Orleans
By Marie Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted May 28, 2007 3:55 PM CDT
Searchers Recover Body of Missing NE Patriot
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, May 27, 2007 on Lake Pontchartrain, near New Orleans, where U.S. Coast Guard rescue crews continued...   (Associated Press)

(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. (Read more New England Patriots stories.)

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