Ex-NFL Player Devon Wylie Dead At 35

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Devon Wylie, an ex-NFL wide receiver who suited up for the Kansas City Chiefs and Tennessee Titans, died Monday at the age of 35, according to a Monday announcement from his family.

His alma mater, Fresno State, posted the news of Wylie’s passing to Twitter the following day.

“Forever a Bulldog,” the university’s football account wrote. “Our thoughts are with the Wylie family during this difficult time.” (RELATED: San Diego Padres Announce Owner Peter Seidler’s Tragic Death)

Former teammates told Fresno-area ABC affiliate KFSN-TV that Devon had died, and Doug Wylie — Devon’s brother — confirmed his passing online, the outlet noted on Tuesday.

“I can’t believe this but that said this is a tremendous loss,” tweeted Fresno State special teams coordinator John Baxter. “Being someone’s Coach is a blessing beyond words and a hardwired lifetime relationship. This is a tragic loss beyond words. What a great Bulldog, brother, son and teammate. We love you Devon Wylie! Bulldog Born…”

The cause of death is currently unknown.

A standout wide receiver and special teams player for the Fresno State Bulldogs, he tallied 1,327 yards and eight touchdowns off 98 catches, earning third-team All-American honors before going to the NFL, according to Fox News.

In the fourth round of the 2012 NFL Draft, Wylie was picked by Kansas City, playing in six games before cycling around the league via practice squads after a release from the Chiefs. He eventually signed with the Tennessee Titans, racking up two appearances with the franchise.