The death of Kansas City Chief’s linebacker Jovan Belcher was shocking to many in the NFL community.
Tim Tebow tweeted Saturday, “Wow… Unbelievable tragedy. My prayers go out to the entire Chiefs organization and their families.”
The 25-year old had only been playing in the NFL for four years, but being a part of the close-knit community and brotherhood of the NFL affected many players who responded with an outpouring of emotion on twitter.
Russell Wilson, the quarterback of the Seattle Seahawks said, “Prayers are overflowing from me”.
While the Vikings punter Chris Kluwe tweeted, “Man I don’t even know how you play the game tomorrow if you’re a Chief.”
The Denver Broncos tweeted a statement saying, “The Denver Broncos extend their deepest sympathies and prayers to the Kansas City Chiefs and all involved in this tragedy.”
Even former NFL players were saddened by the news, including former Denver Bronco Linebacker, Karl Mecklenburg.
“Just a tragedy, a young man like that,” Mecklenburg said.
FOX 31 Denver caught up with Mecklenburg at the Valor Christian High School state championship game. As a Broncos linebacker for over 19 years, he admits there’s a lot of pressure in the job.
“The team has been struggling and I’m sure there is a lot of pressure at work. It’s one of those situations where you wished he had friends and mentors he could have talked to before something like this happens,” Mecklenburg said.
Mecklenburg, who now works as a motivational speaker hopes that other players can learn from this tragedy.
“As a football player you want to internalize things, and you don’t want to talk about what hurts. These guys got to learn to let it out and talk to your friends and get the help you need,” Mecklenburg said.