Former NFL Quarterback Erik Kramer Suffers Gunshot Wound, Apparently Self-Inflicted

Former NFL Quarterback Erik Kramer Suffers Gunshot Wound, Apparently Self-Inflicted
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Former NFL Quarterback Erik Kramer shot himself Tuesday night in what appeared to be a suicide attempt. However, he was not mortally wounded, according to law enforcement officials and his former wife.


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Sources have told NBC News that Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies responded to call to a motel located in Calabasas at about 8 p.m. to conduct a welfare check. This was how they came to find Kramer, 50, with a gunshot wound that was concluded to be non life-threatening.

Kramer played for 10 years

According to ESPN, Kramer had played 67 games in a span of 10 years. He had 92 touchdowns, 79 interceptions. Moreover, he threw as much as 15,337 yards throughout his career.

Kramer spent three seasons playing for the Detroit Lions where he helped them achieve a 12-4 record as well as an appearance at the NFC Championship game back in 1991 when the Lions played against the Washington Redskins. During the 1991 season, the former quarterback threw for 341 yards and three touchdowns to help win the divisional round against the Dallas Cowboys.

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Kramer had also spent one season with both Atlanta Falcons and San Diego Chargers. But before he joined the Chargers, he spent five years playing for the Chicago Bears. During a phone interview, Kramer’s former wife, Marshawn Kramer, had told NBC news that her ex-husband’s depression actually started around the time he had been playing for the Bears.

Marshawn had also said that Kelly Kramer, Erik’s sister, believes that the injury is more serious than what law enforcement is saying. Kelly is currently traveling to California from Las Vegas.

Depression linked to brain injury may have caused suicide attempt

Marshawn believes that the depression he’s suffering was caused by his time playing in the NFL. And that if it wasn’t for this “football injury,” they would have stayed together.

Previously, two former NFL stars Junior Seau and Dave Duerson had committed suicide. Both were diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy posthumously. The said condition was said to have been caused by frequent hard hits to the head.