ENGLEWOOD, CO: Denver Broncos’ wide receiver Kenny McKinley was found dead in his Centennial home Monday in an apparent suicide. This is the third time in four years that the Broncos are dealing with the death of a teammate.
Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson said a female friend of McKinley’s called the authorities at 3:35pm after discovering the body. Robinson would not say if a suicide note was found at the residence, “It’s still part of our investigation and probably nothing we’ll talk about right now.”
The 23-year-old was known for his beaming smile and sense of humor. Steve Spurrier, his college coach at the University of South Carolina, commented, “Kenny was certainly one of my all-time favorite players. It’s hard to figure out why it happened like this.”
Former Broncos team member Tony Scheffler remembers Kenny as “a great kid with all the talent in the world. He was constantly smiling and those smiles often got a lot of us through the hard days of an NFL week. My heart goes out to his family and teammates.”
McKinley’s death marks the latest in a series of disasters for the Broncos in recent years. On New Year’s Day in 2007, Darrent Williams was killed in a drive-by shooting, and just three months later in St. Louis, Damien Nash collapsed and died after a charity basketball game.