Erik Kramer, 10-year NFL veteran, suffered a gunshot wound in what his former wife called a suicide attempt, Tuesday night.
Officials from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department found Kramer in a Calabasas, California, motel room with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound, according to NBC News.
Marshawn Kramer, ex-wife of Erik Kramer, told NBC News on Wednesday, that Kramer had attempted suicide after suffering from years of depression.
“He is a very amazing man, a beautiful soul, but he has suffered depression since he was with the Chicago Bears,” said Mrs. Kramer. “I can promise you he is not the same man I married.”
The two have been divorced since 2010.
Kramer spent five seasons with the Bears, three with the Detroit Lions and one each with the Atlanta Falcons and San Diego Chargers.
He started 67 games over his 10-year career, throwing for 15,337 yards, 92 touchdowns and 79 interceptions, according to ESPN.
Mrs. Kramer believes her ex-husband was trying to kill himself and that he has been suffering from depression for years as a result of the hits he suffered during a football career that included 10 years in the NFL, according to LA Times.
“He’s such a good dad and he would not do this to his son,” said Mrs. Kramer. “This is brain injury.”
During the season of 1991, Kramer threw for 341 yards and three touchdowns in a divisional-round playoff win over the Dallas Cowboys. The Lions went on to lose to the Washington Redskins in the NFC Championship Game.
Quarterback at Thousand Oaks High School in California, Kramers’ son, Griffen, battled drug abuse and died of an heroin overdose in 2011.
“It has not been easy. I have been going through a divorce for the last two years. It has only added to it. It has been very difficult. “But you find yourself and you find faith and the strength to go on,” Erik Kramer told the Chicago Tribune in 2012. “And when you have other kids, like I have Dillon who is 13, there is no option for anything else but to find a way. One day at a time, one conversation at a time and just persevere.”