Former Ravens, Grand Valley State Quarterback Cullen Finnerty Found Dead


Some tragic news out of Lake County, Michigan this evening, as multiple media outlets have reported that former Ravens quarterback Cullen Finnerty was found dead near Baldwin River. According to the Detroit Free Press, no signs of injuries or foul play were present at the time that his body was found.

According to reports, Finnerty had gone fishing alone on Sunday, and late in the afternoon he called his wife to tell her he was scared and needed someone to pick him up. Finnerty then hung up the phone and ran into the woods. Reports surfaced early this afternoon that Finnerty was missing, and that police, helicopters and roughly 100 current and former members of the Grand Valley State football program were searching for him.

Regardless of the means of Finnerty’s death, a member of the Ravens family and the NFL family has passed, which is always sad news. While Finnerty was by no means a superstar (joining the roster for two games after an injury to Kyle Boller in 2007), he did contribute at large to the recent success of Grand Valley State, leading them to three D-II National Titles from 2003-2006.

“It’s very chilling,” former Lakers coach Brian Kelly told USA Today. “He led me to a national championship as a true freshman …My heart goes out to the family and his beautiful wife, we’re just praying and hoping and sending all of our thoughts wishes to the family.”

Finnerty had a wife and two young children. He was 30 years old.