Posted on May 29, 2013 · Posted in Brain Injury

We still don’t know what killed ex-Michigan college quarterback Cullen Finnerty.

An autopsy Wednesday didn’t determine a cause of death for Finnerty, 30, whose body was found Tuesday in a wooded area near his family’s home in Michigan, according to Sporting News. He had been reported missing by his family Sunday evening.

The autopsy found that Finnerty had no apparent injury. He did have an enlarged heart, but the medical examiner doesn’t believe that was responsible for Finnerty’s death, Sporting News reported. Toxicology tests must still be performed.

Finnerty had played football at Grand Valley State, taking the team to Division II championships. But he had a short-lived career in the NFL.

According to Sporting News, a Facebook posting said that Finnerty’s family believed he had “an episode” and was scared when he called them from the woods before disappearing. The Facebook post also said, “His family says he suffered several concussions in his career and are concerned that it may (have) triggered this episode.”

As I blogged yesterday, a number of ex-college and NFL football players have committed suicide in recent years, and posthumous tests determined that they suffered from a brain disease that’s been linked to repeated blows to the head.

Finnerty is survived by his wife and two young children.


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