Former NFL QB found dead in Michigan forest

The body of former NFL quarterback Cullen Finnerty was found in a Michigan forest Tuesday....

The body of former NFL quarterback Cullen Finnerty was found in a Michigan forest Tuesday. (Facebook)

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Former NFL quarterback Cullen Finnerty was found dead Tuesday night in northwestern Michigan after a solo fishing trip over the holiday long weekend.

"We were walking a good line," Scott Boyd, who was part of one search party that found the body, told the Detroit Free Press. "I squatted down. We had seen some trail. And a girl shouted. She walked right up on it. I thought, 'Oh no.'"

Finnerty, who briefly played for the Baltimore Ravens and Denver Broncos in 2007-08, had been missing since Sunday night, Lake County Sheriff Robert Hilts said. He confirmed the death at a news conference.

"There was nothing obvious to us, to the view, of anything that would have caused his death," Hilts said.

Around 100 current and former players and coaches from his alma mater, Grand Valley State, searched through the swampy woods northeast of Baldwin, Mich., Tuesday afternoon.

Hilts said the 30-year-old ran into the forest after having a "nervous episode" and hadn't been seen since.

"He phoned his wife and explained he was afraid," Hilts told USA Today. "He left his equipment and ran off into the woods."

Finnerty's wife and in-laws immediately drove to his location but all they found was his small pontoon boat.

"We found a fishing pole and that's all," Lake County Undersheriff Dennis Robinson said. "No waders and no fishing equipment."

Finnerty led Grand Valley State to an NCAA Division II championships in 2003, '04 and '06.


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