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ATLANTA - Shane Dronett, who played 10 years in the NFL and started every game for the Atlanta Falcons' 1998 Super Bowl team, was found dead at his home on Wednesday. He was 38.
According to a statement from the Gwinnett County police department, officers were called to Dronett's home near Atlanta on Wednesday morning in response to a possible suicide. Police spokesman Illana Spellman confirmed Dronett's body was found at the residence.
The medical examiner's office was examining the body to determine the cause of death.
Dronett played at the University of Texas and was a second-round draft pick by Dan Reeves and the Denver Broncos in 1992.
As Atlanta's coach, Reeves brought Dronett to the Falcons in 1996 and said Wednesday the 6-foot-6, 300-pound defensive tackle was a key player when the Falcons made a run to the Super Bowl before losing 34-19 to Denver in Miami.
Dronett made 86 starts and had 44 sacks in 139 career games. His last season as an active player was 2001, but he remained on the team's roster before he was released following the 2002 season.
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