The body of NFL Denver Bronco player Kenny McKinley, aged 23, was reported by Colorado authorities to have been found dead as a result of an apparent self inflicted gun shot wound in the early morning hours of September 21st, 2010. Bronco’s wide receiver McKinley’s untimely death marks the third for the Denver Broncos since 2007.
Kenny McKinley’s lifeless body was reported by Colorado law enforcement officials to have been found by a female friend and called in to local Arapahoe County Authorities after she returned from errands.
Kenny McKinley had been the victim of a rookie season ending knee injury in December 2009-and suffered a second injury in preseason 2010 to further his delayed return to the football arena. In spite of his 2010 season stopping injury, Bronco’s coach Josh McDaniels stated that : “Kenny [McKinley] 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 tragic loss for our football team, and his family is in all of our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.”
To echo McDaniels’ sentiment, Bronco’s owner Pat Bowlen stated that “Everyone with the Broncos is shocked and saddened by the loss of Kenny McKinley…He was part of the Broncos’ family and will be greatly missed by our organization. My most heartfelt condolences go out to Kenny’s family and friends.
Kenny McKinley, a quarterback from Austell, Georgia’s, South Cobb High School was a 2009 fifth-round draft choice out of the University of South Carolina. As of 2010, McKinley remained South Carolina’s all-time leading receiver with 2,781 yards and 207 catches.
The Denver Broncos are not void of sadness and player loss in recent years. In 2007, cornerback Darrent Williams was killed in a drive-by shooting and later that same year back-up running back Damien Nash collapsed and died shortly after a St. Louis charity basketball game. In fact, many Bronco players were scheduled to attend a VIP charity event in support of the Boys & Girls Club of Metro Denver, also home to the Darrent Williams Memorial Teen Center on Monday and failed to realize that McDaniels had died until much later.
The Denver Post reports that grief counselors will be made available to McKinley’s teammates.