James Hardy (1985 - 2017)

James Hardy, a former wide receiver for the Buffalo Bills, has died, according to multiple news sources. He was 31.

A body was found June 7 in the Maumee River in Indiana. The Allen County Coroner’s Office announced in a June 8 news release that the body was identified as James Hardy.

The cause and manner of death were pending further investigation, said Michael Burris, chief investigator for the Allen County Coroner’s Office, in the release.


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Hardy was a standout wide receiver at Indiana University. During his junior season, he caught 74 passes and was a first-team All-Big Ten selection. Hardy became the Hoosiers’ career receiving leader in touchdowns, yards, and receptions. He also played on the Indiana basketball team for two years.

The Buffalo Bills drafted Hardy in the second round of the 2008 NFL draft. Hardy caught nine passes and had two touchdowns during his rookie season for the Bills. Hardy played in two games during the 2009 season. In 2010, he was released by the Bills.

He signed with the Baltimore Ravens in 2011 but was let go by the team in September of that year.

After his football career, Hardy moved to Hollywood to pursue a career in modeling and acting.

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