Former Patriots cornerback Myers dies aged 38

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Former New England Patriots and Super Bowl-winning cornerback Leonard Myers has died of cancer at age 38.

Myers' former teams and team-mates paid tribute to him on social media on Friday.

Drafted to the NFL in 2001, Myer won a Super Bowl ring with the Patriots as a rookie.

Myer - who also represented the New Orleans Saints, New York Jets and Detroit Lions - played in seven games as a rookie but missed out on the playoffs. Despite that, he still earned a Super Bowl ring as New England won their first title and began a dynasty that continues today.

Patriots owner Robert Kraft said in a statement that the team learned Myers was ill when he told them he was unable to attend a 15th anniversary celebration of the Super Bowl XXXVI champions that was held last December.

"No one was more excited to attend than Leonard, nor more disappointed to inform us that he wasn't going to be able to make it back as the December date approached," Kraft said.

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to Leonard's family, friends and former teammates who are mourning his loss today."