McKinley's smile lives on in Broncos' hearts

By: AP
By: AP

The empty locker that served as a shrine is no longer there. Neither are the No. 11 helmet decals that his Denver Broncos teammates wore in Kenny McKinley's honor after he committed suicide last year.

The reminders that remain are a few photos in the locker room and the memories of an infectious smile that hid so much pain.

Tuesday marked the one-year anniversary of McKinley's death.

The second-year wide receiver from South Carolina was recovering from a second knee operation in eight months and was deep in debt, according to a probe of his death, when he put a gun to his head at his home not far from the Broncos' training complex and ended his life at age 23.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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