Former NFL quarterback Erik Kramer attempted suicide via self-inflicted gunshot Tuesday night, but survived with a non-life threatening wound. NBC News reported the story.
Kramer’s ex-wife Marshawn told NBC that Kramer had suffered from years of depression that she believes is a result of his time in the NFL. She also made a brief comment on the matter.
“He is a very amazing man, a beautiful soul, but he has suffered depression since he was with the Bears,” Marshawn Kramer said in a telephone interview. “I can promise you he is not the same man I married.”
“I know Erik and I would still be together if not for his football injury,” she said. It was an amicable split, she said, and they live in the same California city, not far from each other.
“He’s such a good dad and he would not do this to his son,” she said. “This is brain injury.”
It’s hard to find fault with her claims, as former football players like Junior Seau and Dave Duerson both committed suicide and were posthumously diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a brain condition that scientists believe is linked to concussions.
Kramer, 50, spent 10 seasons in the NFL (primarily as a backup) and threw for 15,337 yards and 92 touchdowns over that stretch, but injury regulation back then wasn’t what it is today.
Thus, for all we know, between his time at North Carolina State, the NFL and the three years he spent in the CFL, Kramer could indeed have a lengthy concussion history.
Just the same, Campus Sports sends its best wishes to the Kramer family.
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