NFL Player Suicide – Broncos Kenny McKinley

Another one of those unfathomable tragedies. You never know what is going on inside someone’s head which might make what seems to you as a successful career into a roaring hell in their view. McKinley was the third active Bronco to die in 4 years from different causes – making the Broncos “snakebit”, considering the youth and apparent physical health of these guys.

Kenny McKinley of the Denver Broncos jogs on the field during a game against the Seattle Seahawks last year.Broncos WR Kenny McKinley found dead in apparent suicide

Broncos wide receiver Kenny McKinley was found dead Monday at his Colorado home in an apparent suicide, police said.

“It was apparently a suicide, but we’re still investigating,” Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson said.

Authorities were called to McKinley’s home in central Centennial at about 3:25 p.m. Monday. McKinley’s body was discovered in a second-floor bedroom with what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The 23-year-old, second-year pro has been on the team’s injured reserve list since early August with a knee injury. He played in eight games as a rookie in 2009, mostly on special teams, with seven kick returns for 158 yards. He suffered a season-ending knee injury in the second-to-last game

of last season and had surgery in the offseason.

The Broncos will hold a full team meeting Tuesday at Dove Valley to discuss McKinley’s death. Grief counselors will be available at the facility for any players who want help.

“Kenny had a promising future on the football field, but more importantly, he was a great teammate whose smile and personality could light up the room,” coach Josh McDaniels said in a statement Monday night. “This is a tragic loss for our football team, and his family is in all of our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.”

An NFL source told The Denver Post that McKinley had been in Atlanta visiting family recently but had returned to Denver on Sunday along with his young son.

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