Terrible news out of California this morning, where we learn former Bears quarterback Erik Kramer suffered what's being called a head injury following an apparent suicide attempt.

NBCNews.com reports that authorities were called to a hotel for a welfare check when they found Kramer with a gunshot wound described as not life-threatening. Kramer's ex-wife believes this is a result of injuries and concussions Kramer suffered while playing in the NFL:

Kramer's former wife, Marshawn Kramer, told NBC News Wednesday night that it was a suicide attempt, and said Kramer suffered years of depression that she believes was the result of his time in the NFL.

"He is a very amazing man, a beautiful soul, but he has suffered depression since he was with the Bears," Marshawn Kramer said in a telephone interview. "I can promise you he is not the same man I married."

This is not the first tragedy in the Kramer family. In 2011, Erik Kramer's 18-year-old son, Griffen, then a high school quarterback, died from a drug overdose.

Kramer is 50 years old. He the Detroit Lions to a 12-4 record and an NFC Championship game appearance in the 1991 season. With the Bears he threw for 29 touchdowns during the 1995 season. Kramer retired from the NFL after the 1999 season.