Thursday, August 20, 2015

Former Lion Erik Kramer wounded in apparent suicide attempt

Journeyman QB led team to its only playoff win since 1957.

Posted By on Thu, Aug 20, 2015 at 12:19 AM

  • Bleacher Report

Former Detroit Lions quarterback Erik Kramer was injured Tuesday night by a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to NBC News. The injury was initially reported as non-life-threatening.

Kramer, who in 1992 led the Lions to their only playoff win since their last NFL championship in 1957, was discovered by Los Angeles County authorities in a motel west of L.A., in Calabasas, California.

The former NFL journeyman, 50, also played for the Atlanta Falcons, Calgary Stampeders, Chicago Bears, and San Diego Chargers in a 13-year professional career.

In 2011, Kramer's son Griffen died of a heroin overdose in Agoura Hills, California. He was 18 years old.

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