ESPN The Allen County (Indiana) Coroner’s Office on Thursday identified the body of a man found in the Maumee River on Wednesday as former Buffalo Bills receiver James Hardy. Hardy’s body was found lodged in a dam in the river, according to the Fort Wayne Police Department. The 31-year-old Hardy, who is from Fort Wayne, played two season for the Bills (2008 and ’09). The Bills selected Hardy in the second round (41st overall) of the 2008 draft after the receiver had 191 receptions for 2,740 and 36 touchdowns at the Indiana University. He appeared in 16 games (three starts) in his NFL career, catching 10 passes for 96 yards and two touchdowns.
Extremely sad news out of Indiana today, as the body of former Buffalo Bills wide receiver James Hardy was found lodged in a dam in the Maumee River, he was just 31-years-old. James Hardy isn’t records at Indiana University, he was the Hoosiers all-time leader in receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns, and he was selected in the second round of the 2008 NFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills. The 6’5 220-pound Hardy had star potential, but in two seasons with the Bills he just caught 10 passes for 96-yards and two touchdowns, he was then cut by the Bills. Hardy tried to catch on with the Baltimore Ravens, but plagued with chronic hamstring problems, he was released right before the 2011 season. After his football career, James Hardy tried to make it in Hollywood, but that came to an end when Hardy was arrested in Los Angeles on felony charges when a clearly high Hardy attacked police officers who responded to a domestic violence call. In 2014, a judge deemed Hardy unfit to stand trial, and he was remanded to a mental facility. Rest In Peace James Hardy, you had so much potential and such a sad end, out thoughts are with your loved ones at this time.