Reports: Cullen Finnerty passes away


Cullen Finnerty, a quarterback who had stints with the Ravens and Broncos, has been found dead after going missing on Sunday while fishing in Michigan, multiple media outlets reported Tuesday night.

WZZM-TV, WOOD-TV and all reported Finnerty’s passing. According to reports, he was found under a tree not far from where his boat was discovered at the Bray Creek State Forest Campground in Webber Township.

According to WOOD-TV and, the cause of death does not appear to be connected to foul play. According to multiple reports, Finnerty indicated to family he was in some distress in a phone call on Sunday night.

Finnerty, 30, starred at quarterback at Grand Valley State, posting a 51-4 record as a starter and helping the program to three national championships. He was a finalist for the Harlon Hill Trophy in 2006, which is awarded to the most outstanding player in Division II.

Finnerty was active for two games for Baltimore in 2007 but did not play. He was with Denver for part of the 2008 offseason.

8 responses to “Reports: Cullen Finnerty passes away

  1. He called his wife the night before he went missing and told her he was scared for his life.

    There’s a lot more to this story than we know it seems.

  2. This is so sad and shocking. I have been reading about this all day and there seems to be no indication as to how he died but police are treating it as a crime scene. They did say he called his wife and sounded paranoid about something with not much info beyond that. I wonder if he got bit by a poisonous snake and the venom was causing him to freak out and eventually pass away?

    Fellow Michigander here and spent one year at GVSU before he attended so never got to see him play in person, but he won THREE national championships for the school. He leaves behind a wife and 2 kids. Condolences to the family of this local football hero. Hopefully they get some answers soon as to what the heck happened.

  3. I saw a report that he was experiencing an “episode” related to mental health. No mention here yet but I’m sure more will break soon.

  4. I’m no investigation expert, but being found under a tree near your boat sounds like somebody isn’t saying more to coax out the bad guy, I never heard of him in school but a guy goes 51-4 and doesn’t get a shot to start, how the heck did Flynn and that other guy Kolb get starting time?
    Sorry to his family, stuff just isn’t adding up!

  5. Wow. Idc what division he played in… That 51-4 W-L record is damn impressive. R.I.P. young man, gone too soon.

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