Ron Brace was drafted by the New England Patriots in the second round (40th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft ... Signed by the Patriots (7/23/09).
Ron Brace was drafted by the New England Patriots in the second round (40th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft ... Signed by the Patriots (7/23/09).SEASONAL REVIEWS
- Plays as a reserve on the Patriots defensive line.
- Was inactive due to injury vs. Buffalo (11/11) and N.Y. Jets (10/21).
2011 (7/0, 1/0)
2010 (13/5, 0/0)
- Appeared in seven games and finished the season with three tackles and a forced fumble after being activated off Reserve/PUP on Nov. 5, 2011.
- Played in one playoff game as a reserve vs. Baltimore in the AFC Championship Game (1/22).
- Recorded his first career forced fumble and a tackle at Denver (12/18), which was recovered by Rob Ninkovich and led to a Patriots field goal.
2009 (9/2, 0/0)
- Played in 13 games with five starts and finished the season with a career-high 28 total tackles, including a career-high seven tackles at Cleveland (11/07).
- Was inactive vs. Green Bay (12/19) and vs. Miami (1/2) before being placed on Injured Reserve with an elbow injury on Jan. 3, 2011.
- Played in nine games with two starts and finished the season with nine total tackles.
- Was listed as a day-of-game inactive seven times.
- Made his first NFL start in the Patriots 17-10 win at Buffalo (12/20) at nose tackle in place of an injured Vince Wilfork and tallied a season-high five total tackles.
- Made his second straight start in place of Wilfork in the Patriots 35-7 AFC East title win vs. Jacksonville (12/27).
- Was inactive for the postseason game vs. Baltimore (1/10).
- Started 40 of his 49 career games at Boston College.
- Recorded 85 career tackles (50 solo), including 23 tackles for loss and 5½ sacks.
- Selected All-ACC second team in his senior campaign.
- All-ACC honorable mention honors his junior year.
- Part of a BC defense that recorded three shutouts, tying USC for the most of any team in the Bowl Subdivision as a senior in 2008.
- Ronald Jeffery Brace III was born the son of Vonda Lewis and Ronald Brace Jr. on Dec. 18, 1986 in Springfield, Mass.
- Earned all-state honors as a senior lineman at Worcester Burncoat High School.
- Gained 2003 Worcester Telegram & Gazette all-star honors.
- Earned three-time Inter-High all-star honors and captured 2003 team MVP honors.
- Served as team captain for head coach Chris Moriarty.
- Played in the 2004 Massachusetts Shriners Football Classic.
- Also excelled as a member of Burncoat's track and field team and won the state shot put title in 2003 and 2004.
- Majored in psychology at Boston College.
- It is rare that a professional athlete has an opportunity to pursue his career in his hometown. Brace grew up in Springfield, Mass. before moving to Worcester. He played college football at Boston College and joined the Patriots as a second round pick in 2009.
- A talented cartoonist, Brace has said he would like to work in the arts after his playing career - specifically in sneaker design.