Former Raiders first-round pick Buczkowski dies

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Former NFL defensive end Bob Buczkowski, who was a first-round draft pick of the then-Los Angeles Raiders in 1986, has died. He was 54.

Buczkowski was found dead in his trailer home in Monroesville, Pa. No cause of death has been released, but authorities reported that there was no sign of foul play, per the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

“It does not appear to be suspicious right now, and nothing is looking like it was a suicide,” Monroeville police Chief Doug Cole said, per the newspaper.

Authorities said he had heart problems and diabetes, and had battled leukemia.

Selected with the 24th overall pick of the 1986 NFL Draft, Buczkowski missed his entire rookie season and played in just two games with the Raiders before being released. He also played with the Arizona Cardinals and Cleveland Browns before his NFL career came to an end following his release from the Seattle Seahawks in August 1991.

Buczkowski found himself in trouble with the law and was accused of running a prostitution ring out of his parents’ house. He pleaded guilty to two counts of promoting prostitution, six counts of possessing and dealing cocaine and other charges in 2007.