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John Stephens, 43; Patriots back was ’88 Rookie of Year

John Stephens, diving over the Miami Dolphins. He led the Patriots in rushing for three seasons. John Stephens, diving over the Miami Dolphins. He led the Patriots in rushing for three seasons. (Bill Greene/Globe Staff/File 1990)
By Michael J. Bailey
Globe Staff / September 3, 2009

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John M. Stephens, a punishing running back for the New England Patriots who ran away with Offensive Rookie of the Year honors in 1988, was killed in a one-vehicle accident Tuesday in a rural area near Shreveport, La. He was 43. (Full article: 843 words)

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