Ex-NFL Player James Hardy Found Dead at 31 Years Old

Ex-NFL Player James Hardy Found Dead at 31 Years Old

Ex-NFL Player James Hardy Found Dead at 31 Years Old

Former Ravens wide receiver James Hardy was found dead in a river near his in hometown Wednesday, officials said Thursday.

Police and fire rescue crews were called to the Maumee River at the Hosey Dam Wednesday on a report of a possible body in the water there.

While living in Los Angeles pursuing that career, Hardy was charged with resisting arrest after allegedly attacking three police officers. The cause of death has not yet been determined. Hep was like a father figure to James, and his passing was something that was hard for Hardy to accept. He played for the Baltimore Ravens in 2011 but never took a snap for the team. Hardy's four-year career in Buffalo was largely a disappointment, as he recorded only 10 catches. He had almost 2,800 yards and scored 36 touchdowns. Hardy caught nine passes and had two touchdowns during his rookie season for the Bills.

Hardy attracted national attention during his time with the IU football team.

There was an immediate outpouring of support from NFL fans and those who cover the league regarding Hardy's passing. He loved to play football and basketball and was special at both. He was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in 2008 and played for two seasons for them before he was released.

The Bills also released a statement Thursday, offering support for the Hardy family. A judge reportedly ruled that Hardly was not mentally competent to stand trial in the case.

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