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Ex-NFL QB Kramer survives apparent suicide attempt

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Former NFL quarterback Erik Kramer was treated for a gunshot wound following an apparent failed suicide, authorities said.

Kramer’s ex-wife said depression and head injury were factors in the state of Erik Kramer, who played in the NFL with the Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Atlanta Falcons and San Diego Chargers.

Kramer, 50, was treated for a non-life-threatening gunshot wound Tuesday night by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. They responded to a welfare check for Kramer, who was in a Calabasas, Calif., motel room.

NBC News discussed the incident with Marshawn Kramer, who was divorced from Erik in 2010. “He is a very amazing man, a beautiful soul, but he has suffered depression since he was with the Chicago Bears. I can promise you he is not the same man I married.

“I know Erik and I would still be together if not for his football injury.”

Their son, Griffen, died of a heroin overdose in 2011.

Marshawn Kramer said Erik Kramer had a “brain injury” but did not specify whether concussions during his playing days were a factor.

Kramer played for the Bears, then spent three years with the Detroit Lions and one each with the Atlanta Falcons and San Diego Chargers. He passed for 15,337 yards, 92 touchdowns and 79 interceptions.


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