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One Year Since Death Of Broncos' Kenny McKinley

The heart that pumps orange blood through my body feels extra heavy today.

One year ago today the Broncos were hit with a loss that doesn’t compare to any gameday defeat. Wide receiver Kenny McKinley, 23, committed suicide in his Denver home.

McKinley was a key player on special teams in 2009, and was placed on the IR in August of 2010 due to a knee injury.

The Broncos organization has suffered their fair share of tragedy with the deaths of Darrent Williams (drive-by shooting) and Damien Nash’s (collapsed after a charity basketball game) in 2007, and McKinley last year.

Last year at this time, the Broncos went into high gear to honor a fallen player. The team held a moment of silence, and wore No. 11 decals on their helmets. They also kept his locker intact as the season continued on.

The Broncos played with open tear ducts and a heavy load on their shoulders as they took on the Indianapolis Colts. They wanted to win not only for themselves, but for McKinley and his family. Unfortunately, they fell short but McKinley and his family know that maximum effort was there.

As we acknowledge McKinley today, lets take a look at a highlight tape from his college days as a South Carolina Gamecock.

R.I.P Kenny McKinley

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