The death of Pats DE Marquise Hill has rocked the NFL community. The former LSU player’s body was discovered in Lake Pontchartrain Monday after he and a female friend were riding jet skis and had an accident on the lake Sunday. While not a big name player around the league, the three-year vet is being remembered as a good player and more importantly, a good person around the league.
“He worked hard and he was a funny guy,” said Pats defensive lineman Jarvis Green to the Boston Globe. “It’s like Coach always says: ‘Even if you’re not on the field, you can still do a lot to help the team.’ He was out there pushing guys in practice. He also liked to have fun and enjoy things. He always would say, ‘Life is short.’ He could find anything, anywhere, and talk about it and make everybody laugh.”
Patriots head coach Bill Belichick released a statement with the following; saying the team had “suffered a stunning and tragic loss. Marquise will be remembered as a thoughtful and caring young man who established himself as one of the year-round daily fixtures of our team.” Skip Bermna, AD at LSU, where Hill played his college ball added: “This is a sad day for the entire LSU family, Marquise helped bring the LSU football program to the level it is today and he remained close to the program even after his departure to the NFL. Our players looked up to him. He was truly LSU through and through.”
“We are absolutely heartbroken to learn of Marquise’s death,” Patriots owner Robert Kraft said in a statement. “Our immediate thoughts go to Marquise’s mother, Sherry, and the rest of his family. He was only 24 years old and his death is hard to comprehend. Marquise was a very respectful young man who worked hard to improve and was always eager to contribute to the team, both on the field and in the community. On behalf of the entire Patriots organization, we extend our most heartfelt sympathies to Marquise’s family and friends who mourn his loss.”
“It’s shocking,” said Patriots cornerback Randall Gay, who played with HIll at Louisiana State, and who was at the scene when officials recovered Hill from the lake. “This is going to be hard for a lot of people.”