Former NFL QB Erik Kramer Recovering After Suicide Attempt

By Staff  |  08/20/2015

Erik Kramer

Former NFL quarterback Erik Kramer is currently recovering from a gunshot wound in what reports say was a suicide attempt.

According to NBC News, the 50-year-old was found by police in a Calabasas, California, motel room on Tuesday night (August 18) with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound.

Kramer's former wife, Marshawn Kramer, tells the news channel that the 10-year NFL veteran had attempted suicide after suffering from years of depression.

"He is a very amazing man, a beautiful soul, but he has suffered depression since he was with the (Chicago) Bears," Kramer said. "I can promise you he is not the same man I married."

During his 10-year career, Kramer played for the Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Atlanta Falcons and San Diego Chargers. He started 67 games, throwing for 15,337 yards, 92 touchdowns and 79 interceptions.

One of his brightest NFL moments came in 1991, when he threw for 341 yards and three touchdowns in a divisional-round playoff win over the Dallas Cowboys. However, the Lions went on to lose to the Washington Redskins in the NFC Championship Game.

According to the report, Kramer's son Griffen died of a heroin overdose in 2011. He too was a quarterback, who played at Thousand Oaks High School in California, but battled drug abuse. His death heavily impacted his father Erik.

"It has not been easy," Erik Kramer told the Chicago Tribune in 2012. "I have been going through a divorce for the last two years. It has only added to it. It has been very difficult.

"But you find yourself and you find faith and the strength to go on. And when you have other kids, like I have Dillon who is 13, there is no option for anything else but to find a way. One day at a time, one conversation at a time and just persevere."