Ex-NFL quarterback Erik Kramer was being treated for injuries Wednesday night after a reported suicide attempt at a Los Angeles-area motel.
Kramer reportedly shot himself Wednesday evening, but his injuries were not considered life threatening.
His former wife told NBC News she believes Kramer is suffering from depression in part as a result of head injuries suffered during his football career.
“He is a very amazing man, a beautiful soul, but he has suffered depression since he was with the Bears,” Marshawn Kramer told NBC News. “I can promise you he is not the same man I married.”
Kramer, 50, helped the Lions to a 12-4 record in 1991 before later playing for the Bears and then the Chargers. A Los Angeles native, he broke into the NFL with the Falcons and also played in the CFL before playing in 13 games and throwing 11 touchdown passes with the Lions in 1991. He threw 29 touchdown passes for the Bears in 1995.
Kramer later worked as an analyst for FOX and on Bears preseason broadcasts.
In 2011, Kramer’s son, Griffen, was found dead during his senior year of high school of a drug overdose.