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.
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.