November 1, 2011

Son of Former NFL Quarterback Found Dead

By - Brian Harrington

Griffen Kramer, 18, a backup quarterback on the Thousand Oaks High School football team and son of former NFL QB Erik Kramer, died Sunday night at a friend's home, according to a statement issued by his school.

Photo by: Chuck Kirman
"Although the cause of death isn't official, initial indications suggest his passing was due to alcohol poisoning," the statement said. Principal Lou Lichtl declined to elaborate pending final autopsy results.

Lichtl said Kramer's death stunned the tight-knit suburban campus just northwest of Los Angeles. He said students spent a good part of Monday visiting a grief room where they exchanged reminisces about Kramer and made cards in his memory.

"Griffen had a wonderful personality, he was a very endearing young man and he'll be greatly missed," Lichtl said. "The students and faculty are continuing to offer emotional support to each other and to Griffen's family."

Kramer, who had been injured earlier in the season, took part in Friday night's game and attended a practice Saturday.

His father played ten years in the NFL, including five seasons with the Chicago Bears. Now a color analyst for Bears preseason broadcasts, he set single-season team records in 1995 for pass attempts (522), completions (315) and yards passing (3,838). He also holds the Bears' record for lifetime passer rating at 80.7.

In addition to his father, Griffen Kramer is survived by his mother and a younger brother.


  1. Hate to hear this. Always sad when a young person passes away. My thoughts and prayers are with the Kramer family.

  2. From other things I've seen online, apparently the kid had battled substance abuse problems for a while. Sad ending to the story.

    I always liked his dad when he was playing in the NFL. My thoughts are with him and the rest of the Kramer family at this extremely difficult time.

  3. Sad news. My condolences to the family.