Nine-year NFL veteran McHale found dead at friend's home

WESLEY CHAPEL, Fla. -- Authorities are investigating the death of former Tampa Bay Buccaneers player Thomas McHale, who was found dead at a friend's home. He was 45.

The Pasco County Sheriff's Office said McHale was found by the friend early Sunday in the Tampa-area home. Authorities say foul play is not suspected. An autopsy has been scheduled.

No further information was immediately available.

McHale played for the Bucs from 1987-92, then spent two years with the Philadelphia Eagles and a year with Miami Dolphins.

Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press

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