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

1-18-2012 Oregon:

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. ..Source.. by Mike Chiari


Ohio State football: Former captain found dead in Oregon

1-17-2012 Oregon:

SALEM, Ore. — Former Ohio State football captain and NFL lineman Michael Current, who wrote a 2002 memoir of his time in the league, was found dead yesterday in an Oregon wildlife refuge. He was facing sex abuse charges.

Polk County sheriff’sheriff's officials said Current, 66, of Las Vegas, apparently shot himself with a shotgun in the Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuge west of Salem. He had formerly lived and coached youth football in the Silverton area, which is about 25 miles from where his body was found, the Salem Statesman Journal reports.

Court records obtained by The Associated Press show 66-year-old Michael Wayne Current was scheduled to enter a plea today in Marion County Circuit Court in Salem, Ore.

He had been indicted in November on five counts of first-degree sexual abuse, and one count of luring a minor. The charges stemmed from 2004 and 2008 in Silverton, Ore.

Current was found dead Monday at a viewing area at the Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuge, about 10 miles west of Salem, Ore.

Polk County sheriff’s deputies say he shot himself in the head with a 20-gauge shotgun that was not his. He had gotten a ride to the viewing area and was wearing sweats and a blanket.

A native of Lima, Ohio, Current played at Ohio State in the 1960s, earning letters as an offensive tackle in 1965 and 1966 and serving as one of three captains on the 1966 team for Coach Woody Hayes.

Current was drafted in the 3rd round of the 1967 NFL draft by the Denver Broncos. He also played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Miami Dolphins, starting 164 of the 169 games in which he played.

His memoir is called Rememberin’ Life in the Trenches. ..Source.. by The Columbus Disatch

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