Former Bills WR Hardy dead at 31

Tabitha Dunn
June 11, 2017

On June 9th, a body found in the Maumee River in Fort Wayne, Indiana was identified as former Buffalo Bills wide receiver James Hardy III.

"Once on scene officers observed a body floating on the north side of the dam entangled in a log jam", read a statement released by the Fort Wayne Police Department (via The Buffalo News). While walking along a catwalk at the water filtration plant, the employee noticed a foul odor coming from the Maumee River below and saw a body in a logjam in the water.

In May 2014, Hardy was arrested after attacking police officers who had responded to a disturbing the peace call at his home in Los Angeles.

He said that the body was with the coroner in order to determine the cause of death, and that police are investigating the incident. Hardy focused on football in college but also played basketball for two years.

Hardy was 31-years-old when he passed. He had almost 2,800 yards and scored 36 touchdowns. The wide receiver was subsequently taken in the second round of the 2008 National Football League draft by the Buffalo Bills.

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Bryan Payton, one of Hardy's teammates at IN, posted a poignant message and photo on Instagram of the two when they were high school rivals.

He was released by the Bills in 2010.

Hardy was also a two-time victor of the Tiffany Gooden Award, awarded annually to the most outstanding male or female basketball player in the SAC. He then joined the Baltimore Ravens but couldn't play much for them due to a chronic hamstring problem that kept nagging him.

The Bills did send out a message on Twitter to offer their condolences to the entire Hardy family regarding their loss.

Other reports by Guamnewswatch

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