Feb 12, 2023; Glendale, Arizona, US; A detail view of a Kansas City Chiefs helmet before Super Bowl LVII at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The football world is mourning the death of former Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Devon Wylie, who passed away at the age of 35.

According to ABC 30 in Fresno, a family member confirmed Wylie’s death in a post on social media, writing the following, per Yahoo Sports:

“We wanted to make this post so people who knew and loved Devon could learn of his passing because we don’t have the capacity to reach out to everyone in this hard time,” the post said. “There are no words to express the sadness that comes from losing a brother, dear friend and an amazing uncle. Devon had so much love and joy to give. Always making people laugh and entertaining us with his football skills, guitar jams, silly jokes and voices, back-flip tricks, fun banter Star Wars obsession chat, Halo nights and not to mention his beautiful smile. We will miss him always.”

A cause of death hasn’t been released.

A native of Sacramento, Wylie spent his college career at Fresno State, where he caught 98 passes for 1,327 yards and eight touchdowns from 2007-2011. The Chiefs selected Wylie in the fourth round (107 overall) in the 2012 NFL Draft and he appeared in six games during his rookie season, catching six passes for 53 yards, in addition to returning nine kickoffs for 191 yards and five punts for 26 yards.

After being waived by Kansas City ahead of the 2013 season, Wylie appeared in two games with the Tennessee Titans, returning five kickoffs for 94 yards and two punts. He went on to spend time on the offseason/practice squad rosters of several NFL teams through the 2015 season before playing for the Toronto Argonauts in the Canadian Football League from 2016-17.

After news of Wylie’s passing was made public, many around the football world took to social media to weigh in.

 

 

[ABC 30, Yahoo]

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