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Ex-Alabama LB Reggie Ragland loses his grandfather in a car accident

Cedric Mason- Touchdown Alabama Magazine

A moment of silence in sharing condolences to one of the best linebackers in Alabama history.

Former Crimson Tide standout Reggie Ragland lost his grandfather Rayfield Ragland Sr. to a car accident on Tuesday in Lauderdale County, per Crystal Bonvillian of

Injuries sustained after the crash, which occurred at 2 p.m., were believed to be cause of Ragland’s death.

Amber Eady of WAFF 48 was the first to break the news Wednesday at 12:16 p.m. Her report states that Ragland, 80, was killed when a 2007 Cheverlot HHR (passenger) left the road and struck a tree. The accident happened three miles west of Florence, Ala.

His grandson Reggie was Alabama’s heart and soul on defense in 2015, guiding the group to Southeastern Conference championship and a national title. Ragland took to Twitter to express his grief.

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