(USNewsBreak.com) – Professional athletes tend to worm their way into our hearts when they regularly appear on our screens. It’s not uncommon to follow the pro players when they leave the sport and engage in new endeavors. Sadly, one former NFL player turned musician has passed away at a rather young age.
On Monday, November 13, Devon Wylie’s family announced on social media that he had passed away at the young age of 35. They said they relied on the post to spread the news because they “don’t have the capacity to reach out to everyone in this hard time.”
Devon Wylie, former NFL player for Chiefs and Titans, dead at 35 https://t.co/mQWl3ZMlTk
— Fox News (@FoxNews) November 16, 2023
The former NFL-er’s football journey dated back to his high school days when he attended California’s Granite Bay High School. From there, he went on to play for Fresno State, where he impressed scouts during his senior year. He also led the Western Athletic Conference with his punt return average of 15.38 yards. Those performances led him to join the NFL after he graduated.
The Kansas City Chiefs drafted Wylie into the NFL in 2012, and he played six games with the team, collecting 53 yards in six catches before the team released him. He then played two games for the Tennessee Titans in 2013 before spending the next three years on practice squads. Then, he played in the Canadian Football League before hanging up the football cleats in 2016.
From there, Wylie changed course in his life. He became a musician, playing guitar and performing in Southern California.
Several of his former teammates and friends posted their sadness at his death. Fresno State also remembered him with a post on X, formerly Twitter.
Forever a Bulldog.
Our thoughts are with the Wylie family during this difficult time. pic.twitter.com/DxsPuonou0
— Fresno State Football 🏆 (@FresnoStateFB) November 14, 2023
The family didn’t give a cause of death and has requested an autopsy. His sister, Dene Ogles, has asked the public to provide the family privacy during this tragic and difficult time.
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