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Sports writer, ESPN personality gets suicide prevention award

Updated: May 20, 2011 11:44AM

FORT COLLINS, Colo. — A Denver sports columnist is being honored for writing about his own contemplation of suicide after a Denver Bronco killed himself.

Colorado State University said it will present Denver Post writer Woody Paige with this year’s Suicide Prevention Media Award on Friday.

Paige wrote his column after Bronco Kenny McKinley shot himself in September. Officials believe the wide receiver had been depressed about a knee surgery.

Three days later, Paige wrote a column about his suicidal thoughts eight years earlier. CSU officials say it was the best suicide prevention piece that had read.

Woody said he received more than 35,000 messages after the piece ran, some from suicidal people who said his column compelled them to seek help.

Paige, who also appears on ESPN’s “Around the Horn,” says he’s trying to respond to all of them.

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