Former Buffalo Bills WR James Hardy Found Dead In Indiana River

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Just awful news.

The body of former NFL player James Hardy III was found in an Indiana river on Wednesday, according to multiple reports. After a sensational junior year, the Buffalo Bills drafted Hardy in the 2nd round of the 2008 draft out of Indiana University.

TMZ has the details:

“Hardy’s body was found in a log jam at the Maumee River on Wednesday afternoon — after a City water filtration plant employee spotted him and called police.

Our sources tell us it appears Hardy had been in the water for several days. Police are investigating. 

We’re told Hardy’s family had reported him missing on May 30.

Hardy had major issues after his NFL career. He was arrested in 2014 for attacking police officers and was later committed to a mental facility.”

“We are saddened to learn of the passing of James Hardy today,” the Bills wrote in a statement Thursday. “We send our condolences to the Hardy family as they deal with this tragic loss.”

Hardy still holds the Hoosiers’ records for career receptions, yards and touchdown catches.

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