ALLENDALE (WWJ) – Former teammates are among those mourning the loss of one of Grand Valley State University’s most successful quarterbacks, as police try to determine just what killed 30-year-old Cullin Finnerty.
Finnerty disappeared on Sunday after he was dropped off to go fishing alone near his family cottage in Grand Rapids.
He called his wife later to say he was scared and wandering through the woods. His body was discovered Tuesdayin Webber Township, about a mile from where he was last seen.
“You know, you’re a team; you’re still a team; you’re always a team,” said Laker quarterback Brad Iciek, who was part of the search party that found Finnerty. “Once a Laker, always a Laker — that’s how it was. I mean, we had no doubt in our minds we were going to find him, and we were going to stay up there until we did.”
Fighting back tears, Iciek said Finnerty took him under his wing when he came in as a freshman. “And, you know, I owe him so much for the success that I had,” he said.
Former teammate Curt Anes said Finnerty was a great guy to be around.
“It’s one thing that I can say and remember about him always was the smile and energy … and he loved to laugh and just have a great time,” Anes said.
Police say an autopsy shows not signs of foul play or heart trauma.
Relatives say Finnerty suffered several concussions in his football career. Further tests are pending.