Ex-Bills wide receiver James Hardy found dead in an in river

Kathleen Mckinney
June 11, 2017

He was just 31 years old at the time of his tragic passing away.

The case is still under investigation and this story will continue to be updated. He owns IU receiving records for career receptions, yards and touchdowns. During his junior season, he caught 74 passes and was a first team All-Big Ten selection.

In this October 7, 2006, file photo, Indiana's James Hardy (82) breaks free from IL defenders Alan Ball, left, and Antonio Steele, right, during a football game in Champaign, Ill. Hardy focused on football in college but also played basketball for two years.

Hardy's pro career, like many players before him, wasn't quite as successful.


Hardy, a Fort Wayne native, was initially a top basketball prospect, and he arrived at Indiana University in 2004 with the intent of playing hoops. "I think there was a loyalty there that was pretty special".

After spending two seasons in Buffalo, Hardy was released by the Bills and picked up several months later by the Ravens, though he failed to make the final roster and his National Football League career never resumed.

In three games against the Hawkeyes from 2005 to 2007, the IN wide receiver caught 24 passes for 420 yards and five touchdowns.

The Bills did send out a message on Twitter to offer their condolences to the entire Hardy family regarding their loss. Authority sources told TMZ Sports that Hardy's body appears to have been in the water for several days. A judge ruled he wasn't mentally competent to stand trial, and he reportedly spent time in a mental health facility.

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