"'He is not the same man I married': Former NFL quarterback shoots himself as ex-wife blames failed 'suicide bid' on football head injury
Ex-quarterback Erik Kramer 'shot himself in a suicide attempt but survived'
His former wife said he 'suffered depression since he was with the Bears'
She blames his football injury for both their divorce and his 'suicide bid'
2014 report revealed alarmingly high risk of mental health issues to players
Former NFL quarterback Erik Kramer shot himself on Wednesday night in what police believe was a suicide attempt.
The 50-year-old, who survived the shooting, had suffered from depression for years, according to his ex-wife.
Law enforcement officials, called to a motel in the Los Angeles area around 8pm on Tuesday, reported that Kramer ‘shot himself in a suicide attempt, but survived’.
The player’s former wife, Marshawn Kramer, also confirmed that it had been a suicide attempt.
‘He is a very amazing man, a beautiful soul, but he has suffered depression since he was with the Bears,’ she told NBC News.
‘I can promise you he is not the same man I married.’
Ms Kramer believes that Kramer’s depression is a direct result of his time in the NFL.
The quarterback is most well known for his time as the Chicago Bears starting quarterback in from 1995 until 1997.
He suffered two serious neck injuries during his career, one of which meant he missed much of the 1996 season and the other which forced him to retire in 1999.
Ms Kramer added: ‘I know Erik and I would still be together if not for his football injury.’
The couple, who divorced in 2010, lost their 18-year-old son Griffen, then a high-school quarterback, after he died from a drug overdose in 2011.They have another 17-year-old son Dillon.
Kramer’s alleged suicide attempt comes amid fierce debate about the risks of mental health issues that former NFL players face.
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By IMOGEN CALDERWOOD FOR MAILONLINE
PUBLISHED: 12:01 GMT, 20 August 2015 | UPDATED: 19:14 GMT, 20 August 2015"
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