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Body of former Grand Valley State quarterback Cullen Finnerty found

May 28, 2013|By Matt Wilhalme
  • Cullen Finnerty, who led Grand Valley State University to three Division II national championships, was found dead Tuesday after going missing while on a fishing trip in Michigan on Sunday.
Cullen Finnerty, who led Grand Valley State University to three Division… (Rainier Ehrhardt / Associated…)

Former Grand Valley State University quarterback Cullen Finnerty, who had been missing since Sunday, has been found dead, according to Lake County, Mich., Undersheriff Dennis Robinson.

Robinson told the Associated Press that a cause of death has not been determined, but authorites did not suspect foul play.

"There was nothing obvious to us, to the view, of anything that would have caused his death,"  Lake County Sheriff Robert Hilts said, according to the Detroit Free Press.

Finnerty’s family told police the 30-year-old ex-football star might have suffered “a mental episode” prior to his disappearance Sunday while on a fishing trip near his family’s cottage northeast of Baldwin, Mich.

Police said the former Division II champ called his wife and said he was in trouble before he went missing.  

Finnerty’s body was discovered in a wooded area of Webber Township less than a mile from his family’s nearby cottage.

More than 100 current and former Grand Valley football players and coaches joined the search Tuesday.

Finnerty led Grand Valley, located in Allendale, Mich., to 50 wins and three Division II national titles and also was briefly a member of the Baltimore Ravens and Denver Broncos.

“It's very chilling,” Notre Dame Coach Brian Kelly, who coached Finnerty in 2003 at Grand Valley, said Tuesday before the discovery of Finnerty's body. “He led me to a national championship as a true freshman. When I left, Coach [Chuck] Martin took over and won two more national championships. My heart goes out to the family and to his beautiful wife.”


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