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Erik Kramer: Former Quarterback Survives Suicide Attempt & Ex-Wife Asks For Prayers

Fri, August 21, 2015 9:48am EDT by 2 Comments
Erik Kramer Suicide Attempt
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How very sad. Erik Kramer, a former NFL quarterback who played with teams like the Chicago Bears and Detroit Lions, shot himself on Aug. 18. Erik survived the suicide attempt and his former wife is asking for prayers and support!

This is heartbreaking. Erik Kramer, 50, a former NFL quarterback, attempted to kill himself. After reportedly suffering from depression for many years, the former Chicago Bears player tried to end his life with a gun. Thankfully, authorities found him in time and he survived.

Los Angeles County deputies were called to a motel in Calabasas on Aug. 18, reports NBC News, to conduct a welfare check on Erik. They found the ex-QB had a gunshot wound, but thankfully, the injury was reportedly described as not life threatening. He was taken to a hospital, via helicopter, to have his injury treated, reports the New York Times.

Erik’s former wife, Marshawn Linville-Kramer, said that her ex-husband had battled mental illness even back when he was playing for the NFL. “He is a very amazing man, a beautiful soul, but he has suffered depression ever since he was with the Bears,” Marshawn told NBC News.

In a Facebook post, Marshawn said her former husband “felt so desperate for some relief,” and that it so heart wrenching! She also said, “we need all the prayers we can get. Erik is an amazing father and a man.” She also blamed his depression on “football head trauma” and made sure to clear up her comments to NBC News.

Erik began his professional football career in 1987 with the Atlanta Falcons. After a two-year stint with the Calgary Stampeders in the Canadian Football League, Erik returned to the NFL in 1991. That year, he led the Detroit Lions to their first playoff victory since 1950. Erik joined the Chicago Bears in 1994 and finished his career in 1999 with the San Diego Chargers.

Erik and Marshawn divorced in 2010, something she blames on the NFL. “I know Erik and I would still be together if not for his football injury,” she told NBC News. The two remained close, even living in the same California city. Sadly, this is not the only tragedy this family has faced, as their 18-year-old son, Griffen, died from a drug overdose in 2011. The couple has another son, a 17-year-old named Dillon.

Our thoughts and support go out to Erik, Marshawn, Dillion and all the rest of their family and friends during this time.

— Jason Brow