Denver Broncos’ wide receiver Kenny McKinley was found dead in his home on Monday afternoon. His death appears to be a suicide (self-inflicted gunshot).
McKinley has been on the Broncos injured reserve list since August 5th with a knee injury. He played in 8 games last season, his rookie season, mostly on special teams as a return man.
McKinley was drafted in the 5th round (141st overall) of the 2009 draft. He was a prolific wide receiver at the University of South Carolina where he currently leads the school in receptions and receiving yards.
Josh McDaniels thought very highly of the receiver not only as a football player, but as a person as well.
“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. This is a tragic loss for our football team, and his family is in all of our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.” – Josh McDaniels
In the past three years, the Broncos organization has had to deal with the loss of three players. Along with McKinley, Darrent Williams was killed in a drive-by shooting on New Year’s Day in 2007, and running back Damien Nash died after a basketball game in December of 2007.
This video is of McKinley in his college days. As you can see, he had the football skills and a great personality.
R.I.P Kenny McKinley (Jan. 31, 1987 – Sep. 20, 2010)
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