Ex-Falcon Chris Draft is mourning the loss of his wife

Chris Draft

Chris Draft

Former Falcons linebacker Chris Draft is mourning the loss of his wife LaKeasha Monique Rutledge Draft, who passed away on Tuesday after a battle with cancer.

Draft made this post on his website, “My wife, (La)Keasha Monique Rutledge Draft passed away today at 12:04 pm. RIP Sweetie.”

Draft’s media manager, Sidmel Estes, confirmed the passing and stated that the services will be held in South Carolina on Saturday at 1 p.m. with Pastor Olu Brown, of Impact United Methodist Church in Atlanta, officiating. Also, Edwin Turnipseed, a support pastor at Impact, will participate in the ceremony.

Draft , a sixth-round pick out of Stanford by the Chicago Bears in 1998, went on to play 12 years in the NFL. He played for the Falcons from 2000 to 2004. He also played for San Francisco, Carolina, St. Louis and Buffalo.

The civic minded Draft, a California native who elected to make Atlanta his home, has been a tireless worker with kids in the community through his foundation.

He also has been a popular speaker at the NFL Rookie Symposium, where veteran players talk to the new players coming into the league about the pitfalls of pro football.

Back in 2002, Draft helped pull a man from a burning car on Interstate-85 in Duluth, Ga.

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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Dave

December 29th, 2011
5:07 pm

Prayers for your loss, sir …

Ando

December 29th, 2011
5:11 pm

May God comfort you and your family in your time of need.

DawgInaTruck

December 29th, 2011
5:13 pm

CD was a good player and is a better man. Sad to hear the news; prayers for he and his family.

Eddie Smith

December 29th, 2011
5:14 pm

My greatest prayer for the loss of a love one. May you continue to shine, and may God you in all of your future endeavors.

Steve

December 29th, 2011
5:15 pm

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family – God Bless you

tina

December 29th, 2011
5:17 pm

this is so sad, especially since they were married just 1 month ago. The were married for exactly 30 days..

SirReal

December 29th, 2011
5:18 pm

Condolences to him. I know his heart is hurting badly. May the family find peace during this time.

Thomas

December 29th, 2011
5:22 pm

Thoughts and prayers are with him and his family. To the Jesus Christ poster who asks why we make a big deal out of it, how would you feel if someone you were close to died and someone says regarding the situation “it happens everyday, get over it”….You need to get a clue.

Valerie

December 29th, 2011
5:23 pm

Sorry to hear about your loss. Rest in Heaven LaKeasha. :)

RomeDawg

December 29th, 2011
5:23 pm

My condolences. I miss seing the Professor in a Falcons uniform. He is a GREAT guy!

COSCRO

December 29th, 2011
5:25 pm

So sorry for your loss Chris. God bless you and your family.

tyler

December 29th, 2011
5:28 pm

Jesus C- pretty clear what the article was about in it’s title- why post your thoughts or even read the article if those are your feelings? Don’t care about an athlete’s loss- fine, don’t respond.

falconfan 24-7

December 29th, 2011
5:30 pm

Our prayers are with you sir, stay strong. God bless.

Denise

December 29th, 2011
5:31 pm

Everyone ignore the one lone idiot in the room…their own family has nothing to do with them. Talk about sad. A good punch in the stomach will do you good. Can you meet me somewhere??? I pray Chris that you find comfort in family and friends.

tjhook

December 29th, 2011
5:42 pm

Chris, I enjoyed your efforts as a linebacker with the team. That said, I express my condolences for your loss and hope you know that Falcons supporters also support you and wish you blessings as you look to move forward from this disappointing occasion.

Dawg Whisperer

December 29th, 2011
5:48 pm

May God bless you and your family with comfort and grace as you cope with this loss.

southerngirl54

December 29th, 2011
5:52 pm

Prayers to the family.May God grant you the comfort needed at this time……………….

Firsttimer

December 29th, 2011
5:53 pm

Very sorry to hear this news. RememberChris and the family of your wife, that God has a plan for everything and Christ is there to heal you all in your time of sorrow. I ask that we all not respond to that other post and allow this person to take away from thefamily’s time of sorrow. God will deal with the comments and the choice to post them under the name of our saviour. Chris and family I am deeply saddened by your loss.

DePlane

December 29th, 2011
6:00 pm

Sorry Firstimer, couldn’t resist stating the obvious.

Mr.Q. Happy

December 29th, 2011
6:09 pm

May God lift you and your loved ones up during this time. The “get over it guy”, needs prayer. What a loser/lost soul!

Packer Fan

December 29th, 2011
6:17 pm

I remember when he pulled a passenger from the burning car in 02. It make me sad to hear of anyone dying so young. Sorry for your loss

KBB

December 29th, 2011
6:17 pm

My heart goes out to Chris. Stay strong brother!

keepinitreal

December 29th, 2011
6:17 pm

Very sad to hear this. Chris was a great guy and very heroic. He helped save a man from a burning car one time. May God bless him through this tragedy.

Marie

December 29th, 2011
6:19 pm

It does happen every single day and it’s sad for every family and loved one.
Prayers to the entire Draft family and to their friends.

To The Blasphemer – you have no friends or loved ones, I’m sure. So, you’re right-don’t worry about it and no one will shed a tear over you.

adam

December 29th, 2011
6:24 pm

God bless Chris during this time of loss-makes me appreciate my wife and daughter more when I hear these stories-life is short

GinaD

December 29th, 2011
6:25 pm

Chris, we mourn with you in the loss of our sister, your wife, Keasha. May God comfort and keep you and Keasha’s parents during this difficult time. Praying healing for you all.

Godbless you Chris

December 29th, 2011
6:30 pm

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Gmoney4

December 29th, 2011
6:32 pm

Chris, I enjoyed your time in a Falcon uniform and behind the various microphones that you have sat behind. Atlanta is a better place because of people like you who make a difference each and every day through your actions. I pray that God will bring comfort, peace, and ultimately joy to you and your family and your wife’s family as you deal with your loss. My prayers are truly with you during this time.

Involved Parent

December 29th, 2011
6:34 pm

I’ve been fortunate to hear Chris Draft speak at PTA conferences in the last year. He has wonderful enthusiasm for children and literacy and I think it is wonderful that he cares so much about our community.

Mrs. Draft looked like a beauty inside and out. Sending a lot of positive thoughts and prayers to him and his family during this devastating time.

Hit A Single

December 29th, 2011
6:37 pm

The ones that show no respect during a time like this are probably the ones that were fighting over Michael Jordan’s shoes. Don’t let a few idiots reflection mean anything. So sorry to hear about Chris’s wife, our thoughts and prayers are with Chris and the family.

Michael M.

December 29th, 2011
6:38 pm

Draft helped pull a man from a burning car on Interstate-85 in Duluth, Ga.

Sounds like a fine man to me……….God Bless his family !

RMc

December 29th, 2011
6:39 pm

I pray for the strength of you and your family during this difficult time.

Matt from MN

December 29th, 2011
6:39 pm

Sad news, my sympathies to the Draft family.

good old joe

December 29th, 2011
6:39 pm

MAY GOD BLESS YOU CHRIS IN THIS TIME OF SORROW

MeaneyMouse

December 29th, 2011
6:41 pm

jc you are a 100% IDIOT. It’s quite obvious the best part of you ran DOWN YOUR MOTHERS LEGS!!

YOU NEED TO BOX UP YOUR COMPUTER AND TAKE IT BACK BECAUSE YOU’RE2STUPID2USE IT!!

FalconFan

December 29th, 2011
6:41 pm

My sympathies to the Draft family. God Bless you all during this time of loss.

Jacquelyn

December 29th, 2011
6:42 pm

My heart goes out to you and your wife’s family. What a beautiful montage of her and your wedding video was so full of love. God bless you and the family.

Falconfansince70's

December 29th, 2011
7:08 pm

So sorry for your loss CD…Draft is one of the good guys in the NFL who continues to give back….

TrishaDishaWarEagle

December 29th, 2011
7:20 pm

My condolences to the Draft and Rutledge families. Mr. Draft was one of the bright spots in an otherwise dim early 2000’s for the falcons and I met him and Mrs. Draft once at a charity benefit..both were very friendly and outgoing.

Denise

December 29th, 2011
7:26 pm

My prayers for the family. It warms the heart to see the love on both their eyes and the precious moments that were not taken for granted. Draft is the example of a true man. May God continue to bless him and console him in the days ahead

Truth

December 29th, 2011
7:26 pm

This is such a sad story. So sorry for the loss.

One of the good guys in the sport

December 29th, 2011
7:29 pm

He was. I always hate hearing when one of the good guys suffers.

salinsa

December 29th, 2011
7:32 pm

They apparently got married exactly one month ago. This is such a sad situation but at least she got to experience her wedding day. Here’s the wedding trailer put together by the production company that shot their wedding

http://vimeo.com/33307371

Glenn H.

December 29th, 2011
7:36 pm

May her memory be for a blessing.

Southside Jacket

December 29th, 2011
7:49 pm

Why do the trolls always come out on stuff like this…

Lawrence Marino

December 29th, 2011
7:50 pm

God bless you and your lovely wife, Chris.

ignition

December 29th, 2011
7:53 pm

That video can make a grown man cry…. RIP Keasha and my prayers are with you, Chris and both of your families…

scott

December 29th, 2011
7:54 pm

great man. Chris, I am sorry for your loss

debdoes

December 29th, 2011
7:58 pm

God bless and may the holy spirit give you solace.

SFew

December 29th, 2011
8:05 pm

I met you a few years ago and you were a perfect example of volunteerism and “giving back to the community”. My prayers are with you and your family during your time of need. I recently lost my son and I want you to know that God will cover and protect you during your darkest hours.