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Dark Side Of The NFL

All scores, stats, wins, losses and injuries aside, the GameStub staff would like to take a moment to send our thoughts and condolences to the family, friends and teammates of Kenny McKinley – former wide receiver of the Denver Broncos.

Kenny McKinley was a standout at South Carolina, and was in his second season with the Denver Broncos. Earlier in the season, McKinley suffered a season-ending knee injury, which required surgery.

While some noted that the WR was suffering from depression due to his inability to play for the Broncos, close friends, former teammates and the mother of his son emphatically state there were no indications that would warrant concern.

Sadly, this is the third unexpected death of a Denver Broncos player in as many years. Cornerback Darrent Williams was killed in a drive-by shooting in 2007, and running back Damien Nash collapsed and died during a charity basketball game only a few months later.

Current Broncos coach, Josh McDaniels, stated that players will wear a helmet sticker – the number 11 in navy blue, and will observe a moment of silence prior to Sunday’s game against the Indianapolis Colts.

The talk around our water cooler this week? While undoubtedly tragic, do athletes place too much significance on being a successful professional? If things, for whatever reason – injury, lack of performance or personal issues – outweigh the day-to-day “good things” the rest of us enjoy? We’d like to hear your opinion…

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