Erik Kramer’s Son, 18, Found Dead Alcohol Poisoning

Erik Kramer’s Son Found Dead – The son of former Detroit Lions quarterback Erik Kramer was found dead at a friend’s house, officials at Thousand Oaks High in California said. Initial information provided by the family indicated Griffen, 18, died of alcohol poisoning, the Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday.

A statement issued by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said authorities do not “suspect any criminal activity contributed or led to his death.” Kramer was discovered dead on Sunday.

Griffen Kramer, a senior, transferred to Thousand Oaks before his junior year. He served as a backup quarterback on the school’s football team.

“It’s a tough time right now,” coach Mike Leibin said Monday. “We met this morning with players, and kids have been in and out of my office all day.”

The high school’s Principal Lou Lichtl said Tuesday that grief counselors are helping Kramer’s fellow students deal with his death.

In addition to the Detroit Lions, Erik Kramer started for the Chicago Bears from 1994-96. He helped lead the Lions to the NFC championship game in the 1991 season.

Erik writes a personal blog for at, where he discusses current events in the NFL and his former career and picks NFL games against the spread.