Former Lion Erik Kramer wounded in apparent suicide attempt

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

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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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Dave Mesrey

SPJ Award–winning journalist Dave Mesrey is a veteran copy editor who’s worked for the Detroit Metro Times, Motor City Muckraker, The Detroit News, and ESPN’s Grantland.com. The editor of Willie Horton’s autobiography, “The People’s Champion,” Mesrey is also a founding member of the Hamtramck Stadium Grounds Crew...
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