Mike Current: Former NFL Offensive Lineman Found Dead After Apparent Suicide

Mike ChiariFeatured ColumnistJanuary 17, 2012

Michael Current, who played in the NFL for 13 years as an offensive lineman with the Denver Broncos, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Miami Dolphins, was found dead at an Oregon Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuge in an apparent suicide, according to the Statesman Journal.

According to The Columbus Dispatch, Current was facing sex abuse charges.

The report also said that Current was found by off-duty paramedics on a viewing platform off Highway 22. The apparent cause of death was a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Current was a resident of Las Vegas and there is no information with regards to why he was in Oregon.

Current was born in Lima, Ohio and attended Ohio State University. He was drafted in the third round of the 1967 AFL/NFL common draft by the Broncos. Current was a one-time Pro Bowler as he was selected to the game in 1969. Current is also well known for a memoir he published about his football career, entitled "Rememberin' Life in the Trenches."

The 6'5", 274-lb. Current was primarily an offensive right tackle at the professional level and started nearly every game of his AFL/NFL career. Current twice qualified for the postseason near the end of his 13-year career as a member of the Dolphins.

Current was 66 years old at the time of his death.