The empty locker that served as a shrine is no longer there. Neither are the No. 11 helmet decals that his Denver Broncos teammates wore in Kenny McKinley’s honor after he committed suicide last year.
The reminders that remain are a few photos in the locker room and the memories of an infectious smile that hid so much pain.
Tuesday marked the one-year anniversary of McKinley’s death.
Broncos linebacker Wesley Woodyard said McKinley’s former teammates were remembering his gregarious personality and not the circumstances of his death.
“That’s the only thing that everybody remembers: his big smile. He showed all 32 of his teeth,” Woodyard said. “So, it was just a wonderful thing to be around every day, seeing that smile, listening to that laugh, hearing those jokes. It was pretty good to have him around.”
The second-year wide receiver from South Carolina was recovering from a second knee operation in eight months and was deep in debt, according to a probe of his death, when he put a gun to his head at his home not far from the Broncos’ training complex and ended his life at age 23.
BILLS: Roscoe Parrish’s season is over after he was placed on injured reserve, two days after he hurt his left ankle.
COWBOYS: With Miles Austin and Dez Bryant hurting, Dallas re-signed receiver Laurent Robinson, who has 89 catches for 1,000 yards and four TDs over two seasons with Atlanta and two with St. Louis.
BRONCOS: Bolstered their beleaguered wide receiving corps by signing free agent Quan Cosby.
The third-year pro from the University of Texas spent the past two seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals.
RAVENS: Signed defensive All-Pro
tackle Haloti Ngata to a five-year, $61 million contract.
DOLPHINS: Defensive lineman Igor Olshansky and cornerback Nate Jones signed with Miami, which terminated the contracts of running back Larry Johnson and tight end Dante Rosario.