Devon Wylie, a former NFL wide receiver, has died at the age of 35.

Wylie played collegiate football at Fresno State from 2007-2011 and was drafted in the 4th round by the Kansas City Chiefs in 2012.

He also appeared in multiple games with the Tennessee Titans.

No cause of death was given.

KCRA 3 reports:

Rick Sutter, a Granite Bay football staff member who knew Wylie, said he was an inspiration on and off the field.

“He was a God-loving man, he was funny, he was a team player, he was loved by all of his coaches and by all his players. He was an inspiration,” Sutter said.

Fresno State’s football program shared a condolence message on X, formerly known as Twitter, that said their thoughts were with Wylie’s family.

Television and radio host Wayne Allyn Root noted the continued trend of young athletes passing away since 2021.

The New York Post added:

Wylie was a star at Granite Bay High School in California and played at Fresno State from 2007-11, with 56 receptions in 13 games in his senior season.

Wylie also led the Western Athletic Conference with 15.38 yards per punt return and returned two for touchdowns against No. 10 Nebraska and No. 5 Boise State.

He also had four punt returns for 54 yards in the East-West Shrine Bowl, the college football All-Star game.

He was selected by the Chiefs in the fourth round of the 2012 draft.

“He showed some pretty good quickness and things as far as catching the ball goes,” Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel said. “What he was advertised as, it showed. I mean, he has really good quickness and he runs really good routes. I think he’ll be able to get a step on defenders and have a chance to make plays.”


Wylie caught six passes in six games for Kansas City but was released prior to the start of the 2013 season.

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