Kenny McKinley was a wide receiver with the Denver Broncos on injured reserve. He may have been known only to a few outisde of Denver and his home state of South Carolina.
That should not make his death any less important.
While I watched replay after replay of Monday night’s game on SportsCenter, I saw on the sidebar tab that an NFL player had died. I knew it wasn’t a familiar name because it wasn’t even in “The Lead” scroller at the bottom of the screen. It was a little after 5 this morning when I saw that it was Kenny McKinley of the Denver Broncos. I knew that I couldn’t get it on the site fast enough so I brought my laptop to work just to show the young man’s family that even though he won’t be remembered as a standout player during his short NFL career it doesn’t mean that he has to be forgotten in his passing either.
This isn’t a swipe at ESPN or any other media outlet. And I won’t fake it like I knew who Kenny McKinley was - this is simply what we do here at The Starting Five.