Former Atlanta Falcons defensive lineman Shane Dronett’s death has been officially ruled as a suicide. Dronett, 38, was found dead at his Gwinnett County home on Wednesday.
According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Gwinnett County Medical Examiner’s office ruled Dronett’s death a suicide Thursday. The paper also reported that Gwinnett County police responded to a 911 suicide call that came from Dronett’s wife.
As a biography, Shane Dronett was born on January 12, 1971 in Orange, Texas so his age was 38. He attended University of Texas on a football scholarship and was named All-American in 1991. He was selected by the Denver Broncos in the second round of the 1992 draft.
Dronett joined the Falcons in 1996. He was the main defense person in the team and his performance led the Falcons to play in the Super Bowl XXXIII against the Broncos. He produced 313 tackles, 29.5 sacks, and 13 forced fumbles (11 recovered). Although, his NFL career was going pretty strong and he signed a $20m five-year contract in 2000, he was forced to stop playing after recurring shoulder injuries.
“He was an integral part of our football team,” former coach Dan Reeves said. “He was really a good player. He gave us a lot of depth there. He was a happy go lucky guy. He was fun to be around, was always smiling and was the type of player you look for on a football team.”