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Former Bills receiver James Hardy dies at age 31

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Former Bills wide receiver James Hardy was found dead in a river near his home in Fort Wayne, Indiana yesterday, officials announced today. He was 31.

Hardy’s body was discovered in the Maumee River on Wednesday after a water filtration worker called police. The coroner’s office confirmed Hardy’s identity today.

“We are saddened to learn of the passing of James Hardy today,” the Bills said in a statement. “We send our condolences to the Hardy family as they deal with his tragic loss.”

An All-Big Ten receiver at Indiana who also played on the Hoosiers’ basketball team, Hardy was the Bills’ second-round pick in the 2008 NFL draft. But his NFL career was a disappointment, as he recorded just 10 catches and was plagued by hamstring injuries.

In 2014, Hardy was committed to a mental health facility after he was accused of attacking three police officers and a judge ruled he was not competent to stand trial.

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17 Responses to “Former Bills receiver James Hardy dies at age 31”
  1. SQ says: Jun 8, 2017 2:26 PM

    Very sad.

    Next stop should be a scan.

  2. flakeybiscuits says: Jun 8, 2017 2:28 PM

    Sad. I remember him getting drafted not that long ago it seems. You think being an all star college athlete means you’ve got it all together but that’s not always the case.

  3. EJ says: Jun 8, 2017 2:49 PM

    RIP James Hardy.

  4. buffalosunshine says: Jun 8, 2017 2:53 PM

    CTE… another specimen who was probably in the top .0001 percent of human beings made into a shell of a man and died way before his time. Sad

  5. vbbills says: Jun 8, 2017 2:53 PM

    RIP, James.

  6. luckyladyweb says: Jun 8, 2017 2:54 PM

    Very sad.

    Next stop should be a scan

    scan for what? He barley played. ppl can have mental issues not just from football you know…

  7. itswhereyourmindsat says: Jun 8, 2017 2:57 PM

    Just because you’re a good athlete doesn’t mean you’re smart

  8. florida76 says: Jun 8, 2017 3:12 PM

    Let’s please stop the automatic topic of CTE every time a former player passes away. Better yet, let’s wait for the facts to roll in. I’d have to question how much of a football fan someone is to constantly bring CTE before we know what happened. Even if Hardy had signs, we have no idea that contributed to his mental illness.

    There are people outside of football which have disappointing careers and have mental stability issues. Let’s be smart and ratchet down the automatic linkage, there’s enough people complaining about the sport already.

  9. kissbillsrings says: Jun 8, 2017 3:15 PM

    May have got CTE in college….
    Should be scanned for it as there is no reason not to at least check him out

  10. ttothaj says: Jun 8, 2017 3:15 PM

    RIP. Bad things sometimes happen with people.

  11. joetorontoeatsdic says: Jun 8, 2017 3:18 PM

    RIP James Hardy.

  12. JR Salazar says: Jun 8, 2017 3:29 PM

    The American dream fulfilled. NEXT!

  13. 3rdngoal says: Jun 8, 2017 3:42 PM

    Very sad.

    Next stop should be a scan

    scan for what? He barley played. ppl can have mental issues not just from football you know…

    He barely played in the NFL, you have absolutely no idea how many shots to the head he took over his entire football career.

    It doesn’t mean that he definitely had CTE but to ask what a scan would be for is just plain stupid.

  14. ameilius says: Jun 8, 2017 3:42 PM

    Tragic – curious of cause….

  15. jppt1974 says: Jun 8, 2017 5:15 PM

    Very sad as really needs to get his brain over on C.T.E. as that could had been a huge cause. May he RIP.

  16. billswillnevermove says: Jun 8, 2017 5:57 PM

    Sad. He was so young.

  17. holyfrickinwah says: Jun 9, 2017 6:06 PM

    Who flipping votes down RIP messages?

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