September 20th, 2010
09:58 PM ET

Denver Broncos wide receiver dies

Kenny McKinley played in eight games for the Broncos as a rookie in the 2009 season.

Denver Broncos wide receiver Kenny McKinley has died, according to a statement released by the organization Monday. He was 23.

The NFL team hasn't released information about how McKinley died. Head coach Josh McDaniels will speak to the media at noon on Tuesday, the team said.

McKinley was selected by the Broncos in the fifth round (141st overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft from the University of South Carolina. He attended South Cobb High School in Austell, Georgia.

He played in eight games with the Broncos as a rookie, but was placed on injured reserve before the start of the 2010 season after suffering a knee injury, according to the team.

"Everyone with the Broncos is shocked and saddened by the loss of Kenny McKinley," Broncos President and CEO Pat Bowlen said in a statement on the Broncos' website. "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."

McKinley is at least the third Bronco to have died since 2007. Cornerback Darrent Williams, 24, was fatally shot near downtown Denver, Colorado, on Jan. 1., 2007, and running back Damien Nash, 24, died after collapsing at a charity basketball game later that winter.

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  1. Dee

    Will be interesting to hear the results of his autopsy and if he had CTE. Despite the protective looking helmets, many football players just aren't built for the sport. While a naturally "big boned" player may rarely get concussions, someone who's bulked up for the sport may be more prone to brain jarring injuries. Sad that people will continue to risk lives for the chance to make millions (young college player had CTE from high school play). I know all things have risk but it's not just sad deaths but the painful lives after football people rarely talk about. Thoughts and prayers for his family and friends.

    September 21, 2010 at 1:27 am | Report abuse |
  2. Trip

    Rest in peace.

    September 21, 2010 at 1:30 am | Report abuse |
  3. Mary

    I think everyone who posts or reads online news comments/forums like this need to get educated about Internet "trolls" and trolling – wikipedia has a good explanation.

    These morons intentionally post offensive and/or nonsense cooments (LOTS of examples in this forum. Trolls make stupid and offensive comments IN ORDER to upset others and get a reaction,

    So don't feed these trolling morons! When you get upset and reply to their cooments, it only detracts from other commenters who are sincere and gives the moron's attention. From what I can tell, these trolls especially like to spew in forums related to death and tragedy where their intetionally hurtful input gets people to respond.

    To the story: I am also sorry to hear of this young man's death. My condolences to those who cared for him.

    September 21, 2010 at 1:34 am | Report abuse |
  4. Uche

    This is a very sad situation, my condolences goes out to his family and friends.U know, i think that depression should be a subject for national conversation instead of all these political rhetorics.

    September 21, 2010 at 3:32 am | Report abuse |
  5. Just_Us

    I know Jesus will cringe when I say this, but Numbaoneballa, Mark, Phoenix, Deede, Wanda, Prince Sakim, justin, Name*whocares, Bamm-Bamm, Appreciate_humor, jenky, and Cliff; perhaps all of you can pool your money together and go have a chat with DR. GLOCK. May this man now rest in peace, AMEN.

    September 21, 2010 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
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