Kenny Mckinley Death
September 21, 2010 by staff
Arapahoe Count Sheriff Grayson Robinson told The Associated Press that authorities found McKinley died at his home in what is believed to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
McKinley, 23, was placed on injured reserve before the start of the 2010 season. A fifth round draft pick in 2009, McKinley played in eight games as a return specialist his rookie year.
McKinley playing his college football in South Carolina, where he became one of most successful receivers in SEC history.
He graduated as an all-time leading receiver in South Carolina with 207 receptions for 2.781 yards.
Broncos owner Pat Bowlen issued a statement Monday, saying “he was part of the family of the Broncos and will be missed very much.”
Coach Josh McDaniels said: “Kenny had a promising future in the football field, but more importantly, it was a great teammate whose smile and personality could light up the room. This is a tragic loss for our football team, , and his family is in all our thoughts and prayers during these difficult times. ”
McKinley college coach, Steve Spurrier, told the AP “Kenny was certainly one of my favorite players of all time. It’s hard to know why it happened like that.”
McKinley Spurrier once called the best catcher I’ve ever coached.
As noted KDVR, McKinley is the Broncos player, third in the last four years to die a sudden death. Cornerback Darrent Williams was killed in a shootout in the New Year’s Day 2007, while running back Damien Nash died during a pickup basketball game in February 2007.
Authorities are awaiting the results of a field report before releasing more information about the death of McKinley.
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