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Drew Wahlroos (1980 - 2017), former Rams & CU linebacker, dies at 37

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Former Rams and University of Colorado linebacker

Drew Wahlroos, former Rams and University of Colorado linebacker, died Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, from suicide, according to the Daily Camera and the Denver Post. He was 37.

Wahlroos had been a standout linebacker at the University of Colorado from 1999 to 2002. He played professionally in Europe before signing with the St. Louis Rams of the NFL. He appeared in 21 games over the course of two seasons from 2004 – 2005.

According to the Daily Camera, he was the second well-known UC football player to die by suicide in the past year. Former running back Rashaan Salaam died in December of 2016 at the age of 42.

Former teammates described Wahlroos as a tough football player and hard worker, but more than that, as a good person. 

CU defensive lineman Justin Bannan told the Daily Camera: “I think what just sticks out to me in thinking about Drew is what a great man he was, what a big heart he had, what a nice guy he was.”

In recent years greater media attention has been focused on the mental health of former and current football players due to the link between chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, and suicidal behavior. It is not known whether Wahlroos was suffering from CTE.

If someone you know exhibits warning signs of suicide, he or she should not be left alone. Call the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255. The Lifeline provides free, confidential support for people in crisis or emotional distress, 24/7 year-round. The Lifeline also offers an online chat for people who prefer to reach out online rather than by phone.

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