- Mike Reiss, ESPN Staff Writer
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Five years ago today, Patriots defensive lineman Marquise Hill died in a boating accident in Louisiana. The Patriots still have a case dedicated to Hill's memory in their locker room.
Last year, Hill's mother, Sherry, spoke about Marquise for a piece on ESPNBoston.com (link here), and she later sent a copy of the book she wrote about her son, "The Marquise Hill Story: From the Cradle to the Bowl."
Within the book included this note: Thanks for remembering my baby "boy" Marquise, #91, NE. Thanks a million. #91 4EVER.
A 2004 second-round draft choice, Hill didn't make a major mark as a player with the Patriots, but those who knew him described him as an important behind-the-scenes contributor. His happy demeanor and approach made an impression on many of his teammates.
In the introduction of her book, Sherry Hill writes: "My son had a heart of gold. He loved to see peoples' faces brighten with a smile, especially children and youth. ... My son was a great young man and a talented athlete who grew up way too fast and took his responsibilities seriously. By the age of 24, he had achieved many things the average person would only dream about."