February 26, 2024

Patriots hire Dont’a Hightower as linebackers coach

As the Patriots ‘ new linebackers coach, Dont’a Hightower has returned to New England, according to his social media account.

On the defense team, he joins defensive coordinator DeMarcus Covington, protective line manager Jerry Montgomery, cornerbacks coach Mike Pellegrino, and safety manager Brian Belichick.

From 2012 to 2011, Hightower played lineman for the Patriots. In 2016, he won three Super Bowl rings, earned All-Pro thrice, and was a Pro Bowl.

He has never been a coach before.