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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    BobLee
    • TheCowdog Reply
      4 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.

      • BobLee Reply
        4 years ago

        At least the wuffs who visit here; who I do believe are “among the best of the bunch”. 🙂
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        Google Chris Borland… he is the young 49er LB who abruptly “retired” this past post-season at 24 deciding the risk of permanent brain injury was no longer worth the rewards.

    • Biff Blumley Reply
      4 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?

      • BobLee Reply
        4 years ago

        I took Frank’s comment in a totally different way that others did. I don’t know “Frank” any better than I know 98% of the regular posters here, only thru his/her words on a monitor. His history is certainly not as a TCW disciple at all.
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        I took his comments as speculating I might catch crap for posting “negative” news about a former NCState athlete. Overly-sensitive loonies could take that as a cheap shot slur at all State fans/athletes. “BobLee is making a big deal out of Erik Kramer’s misfortune” !! …. since I “went to college at UNC many years ago” I will forever be “the enemy” in some demented little minds. I “get that”.
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        The only reason this IS a story I would post IS Kramer’s connection to a local school. If this were a UNC alum with similar issue I would post it as well… as I did that strange case of the homeless UNC guy in Florida six months ago. I post what I consider “news of interest” to the regular audience here… I will continue to do so regardless of their local connection. “Frank” was just speculating I might get ambushed by an overly-sensitive Wuff-loonie. That is how I interpreted his comment.

    • wolfdon Reply
      4 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.

      • BobLee Reply
        4 years ago

        FS ?? You mean FL. I think his comment was re: goofball fans than Kramer. Whatever the specifics of Kramer’s situation, it is becoming an oft-told tale of the perils of a NFL career. Kramer being an NCSU alum is only the local tie-in to the story certainly not any indictment of his college experience. Only an idiot would infer that.

    • Frank Linstreet Reply
      4 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.

      • BobLee Reply
        4 years ago

        Yes, probably. 🙂 ….That breed of terminally paranoid whack-job lurks in the basement of every fan base. I’m actually a day late on this one. Triangle-area media had it up yesterday. I am routinely very positive on both Russell and PR so any attempt to brand me as a State-hater will show the stupidity of the attempter.

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