Earlier today on SportsZone Chicago’s Shawn and Maya in the Morning, with hosts Shawn Sierra and Maya Akai, they brought on former Chicago Bears quarterback Erik Kramer and they spent a lot of time talking football, but more importantly they also took the time for Kramer to tell his story.
And it’s a heck of a story.
On the football side of things Kramer still holds Chicago’s single season record for passing yards (3,838) and touchdown passes (29) that he set way back in 1995. But before he came to the Bears he had a wild journey form junior college, to N.C. State, to undrafted free agent, to a strike player, then on to the CFL, before he finally made it back to the NFL where he started several games for the Detroit Lions. He was a Bear from 1994 to 1998, and he ended his career with the Chargers in 1999.
But it’s his post football story that you need to hear.
If you’re like me you’ve no doubt read about Kramer’s tragic life after football, but hearing him tell it in his own words is something else. He’s honest and open about all the losses he’s been through, and about how he navigated through depression to make it back to where he is today.
You can check out the entire segment in the embed below with Kramer’s interview starting about the 2:24 mark.