- Kurt Crain, who was one of 20 free agents signed by the Green Bay Packers in 1989, was found dead at his home from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound on Tuesday.
Crain, 47, was associate head football coach at the University of South Alabama.
An autopsy would likely be done on Wednesday, said Baldwin County Coroner Stan Vinson. Spanish Fort police discovered Crain's body on Tuesday afternoon, according to a university news release.
Crain joined the South Alabama staff in 2008, working with inside linebackers.
"We've lost a great man, coach and mentor at the University of South Alabama," Jaguars coach Joey Jones said in a statement issued by the school. "In my opinion, Kurt was one of the best overall coaches I've ever seen. He cared about the players, they respected him greatly, and he was a tremendous football coach and motivator."
Crain, an inside linebacker, was drafted in the sixth round by Houston in 1988 but sustained a knee injury during training camp and spent the season on injured reserve. He was left unprotected during the offseason and was signed by the Packers but did not make the team.
Crain was an Associated Press all-America linebacker at Auburn in 1987. His 168 tackles from that season still rank second on Auburn's single-season charts. Crain was a two-time all-Southeastern Conference pick after leading the Tigers in tackles in 1986 and 1987.
"Kurt was a fierce competitor who loved the game of football as much as he loved Auburn. He was a tremendous player and an outstanding leader," Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs said in a statement.
|Story By: Associated Press / Green Bay Press-Gazette