Monday, October 31, 2011
Updated: November 1, 6:29 PM ET
Thousand Oaks QB Griffen Kramer dies
By Tim Haddock
Special to ESPNLosAngeles.com
Griffen Kramer, son of former NFL quarterback Erik Kramer and a backup quarterback on the Thousand Oaks High School (Calif.) football team, died Sunday.
A news release issued by the school Monday said the likely cause of death was alcohol poisoning.
Griffen Kramer, 18, transferred to Thousand Oaks from Agoura High in the fall of 2010. Kramer was a senior and well-liked by his teammates and teachers, Thousand Oaks principal Lou Lichtl said.
"He endeared himself to the staff members," Lichtl said. "On the football field, he kind of kept things light-hearted."
Counseling and administrative teams were available at Thousand Oaks for students, the release said. A plant was placed on Kramer's desk in each of his classes and students were able to sign cards for the Kramer family. Lichtl said the school will deliver the messages to the family.
Erik Kramer played in the NFL from 1987 to '99 and spent most of his career with the Chicago Bears and Detroit Lions.
The Thousand Oaks football team spent Monday in meetings with coach Mike Leibin and his staff. Lichtl said the coaches planned on having light workouts. Thousand Oaks plays Simi Valley on Friday night in a Marmonte League game.
"He is working with the team and supporting them," Lichtl said of the coach. "When it is appropriate, they will hit the field and find some type of normalcy."
Tim Haddock covers preps for ESPNLosAngeles.com.