Wednesday, September 22, 2010

R.I.P. Kenny McKinley

Taking a moment away from focusing on drunken players and their off field troubles, its time to pay respects to a player who died way before his time.

Kenny McKinley (January 30, 1987 - September 20, 2010) was found dead of an apparent self inflicted gun wound on September 10th at age 23. He had a promising career ahead of him, being the all time leader in catches breaking some of Sterling Sharpe's records (receiving yards and catches / 2nd in touchdowns) and South Carolina which led to him being a 5th round pick in 2009 by the Denver Broncos. In his rookie season he played 8 games mostly on special teams and as a returner, and this year he was placed on injured reserve with a knee injury which required surgery. That reportedly led to his depression and gave him thoughts of suicide because he thought it would end his career and he would have nothing without football. Its a terribly tragic and depressing situation for such a young, talented man.

The Denver Broncos have been hit especially hard with premature deaths, with the shooting of Darrent Williams, and the collapse and death during a basketball game of Damien Nash. So R.I.P. Kenny McKinley, and all the other players who have died prematurely in the last few years, Bengals Chris Henry, Broncos Darrent Williams, Broncos Damien Nash, Bears Gaines Adams, Patriots Marquise Hill, Raiders Marquis Cooper, and Redskins Sean Taylor.

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