Former NCState / NFL QB attempts suicide

Erik Kramer
BobLee
August20/ 2015

Erik Kramer, former NC State (’87) / NFL QB apparently attempted suicide Tuesday night.   According to family members, Kramer suffered from depression since his NFL career ended with the Bears in 1999.

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Erik Kramer reportedly survives suicide attempt

Former NFL quarterback Erik Kramer is alive but wounded after shooting himself in a reported suicide attempt.

NBC Chicago reports that the former Bears QB shot himself at a motel in Calabasas, Calif., Tuesday night in an apparent suicide attempt. Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies were called to the motel for a welfare check and found the former QB with a non life-threatening gunshot wound. Kramer’s sister reportedly believes the injury is more serious than law officers stated and that it could be life-threatening.

Kramer’s ex-wife, Marshawn, told NBC News she believes the suicide attempt was the result of the former quarterback’s time in the NFL.

“He is a very amazing man, a beautiful soul, but he has suffered depression since he was with the Bears,” Marshawn Kramer told NBC News. “I can promise you he is not the same man I married.”

The couple divorced in 2010. In 2011, Kramer’s son, Griffen, died of a heroin overdose.

Kramer, 50, played in the NFL from 1987-1999, posting a 31-36 record as a starter. His peak came in 1995 with the Bears when he threw for 29 touchdowns and 10 interceptions while leading the team to a 9-7 record. He also led the Detroit Lions to a 12-4 record in 1991.

After his football days, Kramer entered sports broadcasting. He worked as an NFL announcer for FOX and currently covers the Bears.

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TheCowdog
TheCowdog
5 years ago

I understood Frank’s comment. Perhaps he overestimated Wolfpack sensitivities,this time.

It is becoming clearer that EK did, indeed, suffer football related brain trauma. It’s a dangerous game, brothers
and sisters.

Somewhat unique, I watched Kramer play at Golden West CC during my California days. Obviously, I followed his career, and his travails.

Biff Blumley
Biff Blumley
5 years ago

I would not wish this on T.J. Yates, the only UNC NFL QB I can recall for the last 50 years. Linstreet bringing up his inappropriate comment is an example of Kerlina Klass I guess. Tragic news stories today about Kramer and Jimmy Carter. The local sports rivalries are child’s play when compared to both these events. You would think a grown man could learn to show respect. Right Frank?

wolfdon
wolfdon
5 years ago

i assume FS’s comment is tongue in cheek…..this a sad story about a person most fans really admired, as far as I am concerned.

Frank Linstreet
Frank Linstreet
5 years ago

BL, you KNOW you are going to be accused of purposely posting negative news about NC State Football, don’t you? …. Even though this is a national news story.

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