The sports world has lost another gem!
The body of former NFL player and Indiana-born WR, James Hardy III was found dead in Maumee River in Fort Wayne, Indiana on Wednesday. The Allen County coroner's office announced his demise a day after the body was found and it was identified to be Hardy's.
BREAKING: Allen County Coroner's Office ID's body found in river yesterday as former NFL player James Hardy III.— Fort Wayne's NBC (@FortWaynesNBC) June 8, 2017
After he had been confirmed dead, The Buffalo Bills released a statement to pay tribute to their wide receiver.
Our support is with the Hardy family after the passing of former Bills WR James Hardy. pic.twitter.com/4ZgLDUwyPA— Buffalo Bills (@buffalobills) June 8, 2017
Moreover, his college level team also paid tribute to him.
Caption: Hardy's former teammates pay homage to Hardy.
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Hardy’s cause of death has not yet been ascertained, and Allen County Coroner’s Office investigator Rebecca Stuttle said,
“Everything is still under investigation,”
Hardy who was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, was 31 at the time of his sad demise.
Hardy was a second-round pick for the Buffalo Bills in the 2008 NFL Draft. The Bills selected him out of Indiana University. He was with the Bills for two seasons, catching ten passes for 96 yards with two touchdowns.
Caption: James Hardy had set record at Indiana Uploaded on Oct 21, 2007
He then joined Baltimore Ravens on January 17, 2011, when Hardy was signed to a reserve-future contract by the Ravens. However, Hardy practiced petite with the Ravens of Baltimore during the 2011 training camp after succumbing chronic hamstring problems.
Ironically, it was the same injury that nagged him during his time with the Buffalo Bills. The Ravens then released him on September 5, 2011.
Also, after his NFL career, he shifted his career in modeling and acting in Hollywood.
Not only that, on May 4, 2014, Hardy was arrested on felony charges as he reportedly attacked police officers while he was under drug influence.
Regardless of his issues in his life, he now has left the world, and we would like to pray the Lord to give his soul eternal rest!#American Footballer Wide Receiver #Buffalo Bills #National Football League #Baltimore Ravens