College QB Cullen Finnerty Found Dead in Michigan WoodsBy: Sean Patterson - May 29, 2013
Former Grand Valley State University quarterback Cullen Finnerty went missing this weekend while fishing at his family’s cabin on the Baldwin River in Michigan. Now, the former quarterback’s body has been found.
According to an Associated Press report, on Tuesday Finnerty was found dead in the woods over one mile from his fishing boat. The cause of his death has not yet been determined, pending the results of an autopsy. Authorities have stated that they do not suspect foul play.
Finnerty had gone missing on Sunday, and police and volunteers, including some Grand Valley coaches and players, searched for 30-year-old athlete for days before finding him. Based on Finnerty’s last phone call, his family has stated that he may have had some kind of “mental episode.”
After completing his college career with a 51-4 starting record, Finnerty was not drafted in the 2007 NFL Draft, but was later signed by the Baltimore Ravens as an undrafted free agent. After one NFL season on the Ravens’ practice squad, he was signed by the Denver Broncos, but not used. He went on to play American football in Europe and in the Continental Indoor Football League.
Grand Valley State University has issued a statement on Finnerty’s death, stating that the university’s community is “saddened” by his passing.