‘So much love and joy to give’: Former NFL wide receiver Devon Wylie fondly remembered after death at 35

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI: Former NFL wide receiver Devon Wylie, known for his time with the Kansas City Chiefs and Tennessee Titans, has died at the age of 35; the cause of death has not been revealed.

His family reportedly shared the heartbreaking news with the wider community on November 14.

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Family members of former Bulldogs wide receiver Devon Wylie confirmed reports via social media on the evening of November 13 that he had died at the age of 35. (@d_wylie19/Instagram)

“There are no words to express the sadness”

The family’s statement, expressing the difficulty of addressing everyone individually, painted a poignant picture of the impact Devon had on those around him.

“There are no words to express the sadness that comes from losing a brother, a dear friend and a wonderful uncle. Devon had so much love and joy to give,” a- he declared.

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Devon Wylie was a Sacramento Bee All-Metro player for Granite Bay in 2006, when he was the Sierra Foothill League MVP as a runner for the Grizzlies’ fly attack (@d_wylie19/Instagram)

The statement continues: “He always makes people laugh and entertains us with his football skills, his guitar jams, his silly jokes and voices, his back-flip tricks, his funny jokes about being obsessed with Star Wars, his Halo evenings and not to mention his beautiful smile. We will always miss him.”

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When did Devon Wylie last play?

Devon Wylie’s professional football journey ended in 2017 while he was in the CFL. After his football journey, he ventured into a music career, exploring new avenues beyond the field.

Wylie’s football journey began with stardom at Granite Bay High School in California. From 2007 to 2011, he showcased his skills at Fresno State, recording an impressive 56 receptions in 13 games during his senior season.

Wylie’s versatility extended beyond receiving, leading the Western Athletic Conference with 15.38 yards per punt return.

DevonWylie’s best came in 2011, when he recorded a career-high 56 catches for 716 yards (@d_wylie19/Instagram)

Notably, he returned two punts for touchdowns against formidable opponents, No. 10 Nebraska and No. 5 Boise State.

His impact was further highlighted during the East-West Shrine Bowl, where he contributed four punt returns for 54 yards, demonstrating his prowess in the college football all-star game.

When did Devon Wylie join Kansas City?

In the 2012 NFL Draft, Wylie was chosen by the Kansas City Chiefs in the fourth round, marking the start of his NFL career.

His selection came after his draft stock received a significant boost when he ran an impressive 4.36-second 40-yard dash at the 2012 NFL Scouting Combine, demonstrating his exceptional speed and athleticism.

Sources say Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel spoke highly of Wylie, noting his impressive quickness and catching abilities.

According to Crennel, “He showed pretty good quickness and other things as far as catching the ball.”

Crennel continued: “What he’s been heralded for, it shows. I mean, he’s got really good quickness and he runs really good routes. I think he’ll be able to take a step on defenders and to have a chance to play.”

Wylie made an impact during his time with the Kansas City Chiefs, catching six passes in six games.

Devon Wylie was selected 107th overall, in the 4th round of the 2012 NFL Draft by the Kansas City Chiefs. (@d_wylie19/Instagram)

However, he was released before the start of the 2013 season. Afterwards, he played in two games for the Tennessee Titans in 2013.

Over the next three seasons, Wylie found himself on various teams’ practice squads, lending his skills and expertise in that capacity.

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