Erik Kramer: A Life of Unprecedented Comebacks

“Erik Kramer was known for his comebacks in the NFL, but nothing compares to what he’s gone through, and returned from, in life.”

Dan Wetzel,
New York Times Best-Selling Author

About Erik Kramer

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Renowned among rabid football fans in the 1990s, Erik Kramer guided the Detroit Lions to within one win of Super Bowl XXVI, set passing records for the Chicago Bears that still stand, and carved out a respectable eleven-year NFL career despite being unrecruited in high school and undrafted out of college. But for more than two decades, during his playing days and beyond, Erik silently suffered from depression. On August 18, 2015, after the deaths of his son Griffen to a heroin overdose and his mother to cancer, Erik pressed the cold barrel of a loaded gun firmly under his chin, closed his eyes, and pulled the trigger. It was supposed to be the end.

Erik Kramer
Erik Kramer

The fall and inspirational rise of Erik Kramer

“The fall and inspirational rise of Erik Kramer is a testament to his incredible spirit and candor. We all struggle in life, but I dare say Erik Kramer’s struggles were ten times any of mine—and Erik has come out the other side with a purpose and a story that can help thousands. Truly: thanks to him for telling a story that will save lives.”

Peter King
Three-Time National Sports Media Association Sports Writer of the year