Erik Kramer played five seasons (1994-98) at quarterback for the Bears. His 18-year-old son, Griffen, was found dead on Sunday at a friend's California home. | Sun-Times Media
Updated: December 3, 2011 8:16AM
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. — A Southern California high school was stricken with grief Tuesday after the death of former Bears quarterback Erik Kramer’s son.
Griffen Kramer, a backup quarterback on the Thousand Oaks High School football team, died late Sunday at a friend’s home,
according to a statement issued by the school. It said Kramer, 18, failed to wake up after going to bed.
‘‘Although the cause of death isn’t official, initial indications suggest his passing was due to alcohol poisoning,’’ the statement said.
Principal Lou Lichtl declined to elaborate, pending autopsy results.
Lichtl said Kramer’s death stunned the tight-knit suburban campus northwest of Los Angeles. He said students spent a good part of Monday visiting a grief room, where they exchanged stories about Kramer and made cards in his memory.
‘‘Griffen had a wonderful personality,’’ Lichtl said. ‘‘He was a very endearing young man, and he’ll be greatly missed.’’
Erik Kramer played 10 seasons in the NFL, five of them with the Bears. Now a color analyst for Bears preseason broadcasts, he set single-season team records in 1995 for passing attempts (522), completions (315) and yards passing (3,838). He also holds the Bears’ record for career passer rating at 80.7.