For the third time in three years, the Denver Broncos have been shocked with the tragedy of one of their players dying.
According to numerous sources and confirmed by the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s deputies, Broncos wide receiver Kenny McKinley was found dead this afternoon of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was just 23 years old.
I know we like to keep it light here at R&R but there’s nothing funny about a young man with the world at his fingertips taking his own life. By all accounts McKinley was one of the nicest people everyone he encountered had ever met and several different people have noted that his smile was infectious.
McKinley is South Carolina’s all-time leader in receptions (207) and yards (2,781) and he recently traveled back to the school this month to watch the Gamecocks beat the Georgia Bulldogs 17-6.
With the death of cornerback Darrent Williams in a drive-by shooting in December of 2007, followed three months later by the death of backup running back Damien Nash, the Broncos have had more than their fair share of tragedy lately. Nash collapsed and died following a charity basketball game.
This all seems to be some sort of ridiculous, sick, sad coincidence. What could be some lame joke really has turned into a question: Why does this keep happening to the Broncos?
Our thoughts go out to Kenny McKinley’s friends and family, and everyone in the Broncos’ organization. People should never have to go through this.