Devon Wylie, a former Kansas City Chiefs running back, died at the age of 35.
“Speed is lethal. “That’s how I’m going to make it in the NFL,” Wylie, a former NFL receiver and kick returner, once stated.
Devon Wylie, a speedy receiver who played for the Kansas City Chiefs and the Tennessee Titans, died at the age of 35, according to his family.
“Words cannot describe the heartache we all feel as a result of Devon’s passing,” Wylie’s sister, Dene Ogles, said in a statement to HuffPost on Wednesday. “Devon was a loving son, grandfather, brother, uncle, teammate, and friend.” He touched so many lives because of his passion for the Lord and his unique abilities on and off the field.”
The family is awaiting the results of an autopsy report and has requested “privacy surrounding the matter,” according to Ogles.
Wylie attended Granite Bay High School in Sacramento, California, and Fresno State before running a 4.36 40-yard sprint at the 2012 NFL Combine.
“Speed is lethal. “That’s how I’m going to make it in the pros,” he once told the Sacramento Bee.
Wylie was picked in the fourth round by the Chiefs in 2012, and he appeared in six games that season, catching six catches for 53 yards and returning kicks and punts. In 2013, he appeared in two games for the Titans.
After being recruited to the practice squad by the San Francisco 49ers in December of that year, Wylie told the Bee, “I know a lot of teams have been bringing me on to these practice squads, basically as an extended tryout.” And for whatever reason, they need to bring in another guy because someone is injured. And I’m fired. If they keep me, they’ll get my best.”
Wylie had 14 receptions for 166 yards and a score in 2016 for the Canadian Football League’s Toronto Argonauts.