Former NFL player and standout from Fresno State Devon Wylie has passed away at the age of 35, as announced by his family on Monday. 

A family member broke the news on social media. His family member, Doug N Ashlee Wylie, in a Facebook post, said, “We wanted to make this post so people who knew and loved Devon could learn of his passing because we can’t reach out to everyone in this hard time.”

The post also added, “There are no words to express the sadness that comes from losing a brother, dear friend and an amazing uncle. Devon had so much love and joy to give! Always making people laugh and entertaining us with his football skills, guitar jams, silly jokes and voices, back flip-tricks, fun banter, Star Wars obsession chat, Halo nights, and not to mention his beautiful smile. We will miss him always. Please pray for his mom, dad, sister, brother and the rest of the family…this is so difficult.”

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Who was Devon Wylie?

Devon Wylie was a wide receiver and recorded 98 receptions for 1327 yards and 8 touchdowns during his time as a Fresno State student-athlete. The 2012 NFL Draft saw the Kansas City Chiefs choose him in the fourth round.

While attending Fresno State, Devon Wylie demonstrated his abilities as an all-American punt returner for the Bulldogs in 2011. Wylie returned 41 punts for Fresno State between 2007 and 2011, averaging a very respectable 13.5 yards per return over that time.

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In his six regular-season games for the Chiefs in 2012, Wylie made six catches for 53 yards, his highest total in his NFL career. After being cut by the Chiefs in 2013, he spent the next three seasons playing for nine different clubs.

The Kansas City Chiefs selected Devon Wylie, 107th overall, in the fourth round of the 2012 NFL Draft, to begin his football career. He played for nine different NFL clubs for the following three seasons after leaving the Chiefs.